Special Events

The Center for the Arts is a Gallery and Gift Shop open to the public and we hold a variety of special events.

Here is an example of our special events:

Cork n’ Canvas!
The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains expanded our Cork ‘n Canvas evenings. Beginning in February and running through October, on the last Friday of each month, we host our Cork ‘n Canvas. We’d like to invite you to join us from 5pm to 7pm and socialize with the artists. We have live music. Our sponsors provide wine and hors d’oeuvres. It’s a good time to check out what’s new in the gallery and find out about upcoming events and classes. Suggested donation of $7.00 per person.

AAWM’s Student Art Show

Each year the Center for the Arts and Navopache Electric Cooperative sponsors an art show for kids. This year we planned it a little differently. We changed the ages of the participants to allow more involvement with older student. The Student Art Show in 2020 is for students in grades 5 through 12 in the various schools in the White Mountains. Each entering artists is allowed three pieces of original art. Then…COVID hit and we had to postpone the show. So, below is the entry form for this fall’s Student Art Show. It will run from October 2nd through 17th. More details are on the entry form below.

We added a People’s Choice category to the show. All visitors to the Center for the Arts while the show is running will be presented with a ballot to choose their favorite piece of art. The Awards Reception to be held on October 17th at 11am. Art MUST be picked up by 4pm that day. For more information and entry forms – CLICK HERE

1st Annual Photography Show

As the Bi-Annual Art Shows at the Center for the Arts has continued to grow, the space for the shows have not. As such, we have removed Photography from the Bi-Annual Art Shows and created a show all on it own. This year the 1st Annual Photography Show will run from June 19th through July 11th with an awards presentation to be held on June 11th at 11am. Entries are due at the Center on June 16th between 10 and 4 or on June 17th between 10 and noon. Your entry form can be found HERE.

Bi-Annual AAWM Art Show

Ron Hildreth, winner in the Photography category, 2018.

Twice a year the Center for the Arts has an Art Show for any artist living in Arizona. Entries can be either 2D Art, 3D Art, Photography, Jewelry or Fiber Arts. The entry form for the 19th Bi-Annual Art Show can be found HERE. This show will run from May 29th through June 13th. The entries, form and fees are due at the Center on May 26th between 10am and 4pm or on May 27th between 10am and noon. The awards presentation for the show will be held on June 13th at 11am.

The entry form for the 20th Bi-Annual Art Show can be found HERE. This show is scheduled to run from August 21st until September 5th. The entries, form  and fees are due at the Center on August 18th between 10am and 4pm or August 19th between 10am and noon. The awards presentation for the show will be held on September 5th.

Entries for all shows must meet three criteria: Have a wire for hanging, have been created in the last 2 years and must be entered by artist.

3rd Annual Recycled Art Exhibition

New in 2018, The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains added a Recycled Art Exhibition. After several requests of members, we emulated the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff and tried this show for the first time. Since then, it’s become a favorite! This year, our third year, we’ll run the Annual Recycle Art Exhibition from July 31st through August 15th. Entries and entry forms are due at the Center for the Arts on Tuesday, July 28th between 10am and 4pm or Wednesday, July 29th between 10am and noon. The awards reception will be held on Saturday, August 15th at 11am. The entry form for the Recycled Art Exhibit can be found HERE

Paint with Friends

Each Thursday local artists meet and bring a project to work on together. Bring your passion and your project. Join the fun, meet and create with new friends! This free event is every Thursday from 10am to 2pm.

Native Flute Circle

 A flute circle is a gathering of people who meet regularly to learn, play, share or simply enjoy the music of the Native Flute. Flute circles welcome all levels of flute-playing skill: from beginner to experienced; it is a gathering of anyone interested in the Native flute. Most flute circles embrace a philosophy of improvisation and “playing from the heart” so no musical experience is necessary.

A Native Flute Circle will be held monthly at the Center for the Arts. The group will meet at the Center on the third Saturday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. Registration is not necessary.

Center for the Arts Book Hub

In June 2020, the Center for the Arts revamped our reading group with a new coordinator and fresh enthusiasm. We meet monthly to share ideas and thoughts from the book assigned the month before. The 2nd Friday of each month from 10:30 to noon was designated as our meeting time. 

Music Jam

Music Jam is on the first Saturday of each month from 2PM to 4PM. Bring your instrument and jam. In general acoustic instruments are preferred. The public is welcome to come and listen and enjoy the event.

Lakeside Writers Group

Lakeside Writers exists to support and encourage writers in the White Mountains of Arizona through critique groups and support of marketing efforts of local published writers. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and screenplays are invited to participate. The group normally meets the second Saturday of each month – check their website for times. Everyone welcome. Visit the group’s website for more information on what to bring (Yes, you need to bring samples of your writing) – LEARN MORE

Show Low Writers Group

Do you want to write a book? Or just write? Come join us at the Show Low Writers Group at the AAWM Center for the Arts. Beginners are welcome. We become better writers through critiquing and writing exercises. This group meets 10am to noon on the second & fourth Thursday of each month.