The Stokes County Arts Council is a community organization that.....

  • Touches the lives of more than 20,000 people of all ages each year.
  • Provides affordable cultural and leisure time activities for every member of the family.
  • Reaches Stokes County children from grades K-12 with FREE programs that encourage creativity and build self esteem.
  • Gives local artists a venue for their work so that their talents can be appreciated by everyone.
  • Boosts tourism & economic development, drawing people and businesses to a community that is culturally alive & exciting.
  • Enhances the quality of life, quickens the mind and refreshes the Spirit!!



Announcements & Events

In the Gallery for December - Holiday Show and Sell

The Stokes County Arts Council is proud to host this group show in the Apple Gallery during the month of December 2014. An opening reception will be held in his honor at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina on Sunday, December 6th, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Stokes County Arts Council is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please feel free to stop by the Apple Gallery to view this beautiful exhibit by many great local Stokes County artists.
Holiday Show and Sell Holiday Show and Sell
Holiday Show and Sell Holiday Show and Sell Holiday Show and Sell

polar plungePolar Plunge - Thursday, Jan. 1st, 1 - 3pm

POLAR PLUNGE 2015 Registration is NOW OPEN!
Call Stokes Arts to Register (336) 593-8159.

$20 Registration includes an exclusive Event Toboggan/Snoogin, unlimited warm food (Chili, Chicken Stew, Hot Dogs, Hot Cocoa), & Prize for best plunge attire.

We challenge you to take the PLUNGE into the Lake with us on New Year's Day at Hanging Rock State Park.
The event is from 1-3 with the plunge taking place at 2pm. Ages 14 and up. If under 18 must have consent of parent or guardian.

Spectators Welcome!

winter drama campNow enrolling for The Living Storybook Winter Drama classes

The Stokes County Arts Council will host the 2015 Living Storybook Winter Drama classes for students.  Classes will begin Monday, January 12, 2015 at South Stokes High School (Auditorium), 1100 South Stokes High Drive, Walnut Cove, North Carolina.  The classes will be taught by Storybook creator and director, Peter Holland.  The Winter Drama classes are a great way to introduce young people to the creative fun of the dramatic arts or to seriously develop their performance skills.  All classes and the recital will be held on the stage at South Stokes High School Auditorium, giving all students the opportunity to perform in a theatrical environment.  The class offerings are:

Basics of Acting: For ages 6-10; Class Time:  6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This class offers the fundamentals of acting – voice, movement, and characterization.  These fundamentals are emphasized using scripted and non-scripted material.  Games and improvisation exercises are used to challenge the students to grow.  10 classes, once a week on Monday evenings, culminating in a recital.

Advanced Acting:  For ages 11-Teens; Class Time:  7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.  This class offers improvisation, character development, stage techniques, script interpretation, and creative movement.  These fundamentals are utilized to release talent and build control.  10 classes, once a week on Monday evenings, culminating in a recital.

The cost is $90 per student, $80 per student if two or more students enrolled in drama classes are from the same family.


Weather Policy:  If Stokes County Schools are closed or after school activities are cancelled, drama classes will not meet that night.  Missed classes will be made up in April, 2015.

Registration Form

For more information, to pre-registration, or request an application, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit our website at for a downloadable application.  Fee must be included with application and mailed to the Stokes County Arts Council, P. O. Box 66, Danbury, North Carolina for pre-registration.  Registration will also be held 30 minutes prior to the first class on Monday, January 12th, with student space availability.

In the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Gallery - Monty & Jenna Stevens

monty stevensLocal photographers Monty Stevens and daughter, Jenna, will feature stunning photos of Stokes County depicting Hanging Rock State Park locations and the surrounding area.  The exhibit includes twenty-three beautifully framed landmarks such as the lower Cascades, Moores Knob, Hidden Falls, the Dan River and a few artistic surprises reflecting seasonal and sunset moments.  The exhibit will be on display at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor’s Center, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road in Danbury, December through January 2015.  The viewing of this exhibit is free and open to the public. 

A native of Westfield, Monty is very enthusiastic about photography and loves to see the world through his viewfinder.  His interests vary from sunrises and sunsets, nature, cars, landscapes and portraits.  Growing up in Westfield, Monty appreciates the beauty Stokes County has to offer and spends a great deal of his time exploring the wonders of nature and capturing the moment with his camera.  Monty Stevens Photography was featured in the  January/February 2013 issue of Yadkin Valley Living Magazine and has exhibited his work at the Stokes County Arts Council Apple Gallery.

jenna stevensJenna Stevens is a twenty year old nursing student originally from Westfield.  Jenna states “Photography has always been an enjoyable past time for me.” “Wherever I go, my camera is always close by!”  Jenna became interested in photography a few years ago when she received her first camera as a Christmas present.  A year ago, she launched Horseshoe Photography, which led her to meet with clients, photograph them and capture special moments and events in their lives.  Jenna loves nature as well, and enjoys finding her own moments in her surroundings.  She states, “To me, photography is placing head, heart, and eye along the same line of sight; it is a way of life.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit us at

An Evening With Ava - Feb. 14th Moore's Springs Manor @ 4:30

Celebrating the life of Ava Gardner. Ava exhibit/Hors d'oeuvres/Slideshow/ Biography Video/Museum Presentation. Tickets $50.

Winter Uncorked Painting Series at the Green Heron

Wednesday, January 21st (Winter Scene)

Wednesday, February 11th (Heart)

Wednesday, March 4th (Fish)

Stokes Stomp T-shirts On Sale for $10.

Did you miss your opportunity to purchase a Commemorative 40th Annual Stokes Stomp TShirt?? If so, you now have a chance to own your very own for $10. Sizes available are 3XL, 2XL, XL, Large, Meduim, & Small. Stop into the Stokes County Arts Council and purchase one TODAY, and you will also receive a Stokes Stomp 2006 or 2007 CD of your choice with a T-Shirt Purchase! Once remaining Shirts sell out, they will be gone for good.

Stokes County Artists - There are many talented visual artists living in Stokes County. The Visual Arts Committee has started to gather those talented folks in one place in order to showcase their artwork. If you are an artist and would like to submit images to the gallery, please email For more artists and images please vist the Stokes County Arts Council's Visual Artist's page at:

Please Note: Anyone with disability(ies) who needs an accommodation to participate at any Stokes County Arts Council event or program is requested to inform us 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of the event or program.

The Stokes County Arts Council continues to expand and to successfully present high quality arts and arts education programming for Stokes County citizens. Our programs create shared and lasting experiences that connect the participants to their heritage. The Stokes County Arts Council is committed to the promotion and support of the Arts through our current goals to:

  • Support local artists and provide a means to promote their work
  • Facilitate quality arts education programs in all Stokes County Schools
  • Educate and provide opportunities for life-long learning for all citizens
  • Target and identify Arts needs in the community
  • Form meaningful community partnerships

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  The Stokes County Arts Council recently celebrated it's 35th year in operation! Through the years we have received exceptional support from the community and from the County. As we move into the 21st century, the Arts Council is more committed than ever to be a positive force for the county and it's citizens.

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