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

Broadway Through The Years Vol.IIBroadway Through The Years, Vol. II - August 28-30th at King Central Park

A musical revue. Journey through time hearing some of your favorite Broadway show tunes from the 1920’s to today. An ensemble of singers present solos, duets, and ensemble numbers from some of Broadway’s famous and not so famous shows.

All performances are held at King Central Park Amphitheater, 302 Kirby Rd, King, NC 27021. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. To purchase a ticket or if you'd like to become a sponsor for a show or advertise in the summer theatre program you can call the Stokes County Arts Council at 336-593-8159.

In the Gallery - Caroline Rutledge Armijo & Sandy Murray

Sandy MurrayAn opening reception will be held in honor of Caroline Rutledge Armijo and Sandy Murray on Friday, July 25th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Apple Gallery at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury.  The exhibit will be on display July 23rd through August 26th.  The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception for the artists.

Stokes County native Caroline Rutledge Armijo, a mixed-media artist, moved “almost” home to Greensboro, North Carolina after living in Washington, DC’s Chinatown for seven years.  Caroline is the ninth generation to live in Stokes County, North Carolina.  She primarily works in book arts and paper sculpture, and her work focuses on family, personal history, and spirituality.

Caroline has studied studio art at a variety of art institutions, including the Corcoran, Smithsonian, the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Penland School of Crafts, Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU, Asheville Bookworks, and the University of North Carolina.  Caroline received an MA in Liberal Studies from NC State University 2003, focusing on cultural institutions and lifelong learning.  She received her BA in Journalism with a focus on advertising from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996, and has worked as a graphic artist, web designer, and marketing and production specialist, at several institutions at UNC-Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. 

From an early age, Sandy Murray enjoyed art and sports.  Later, he became more interested in photography, particularly landscapes and sunsets with the rich colors.  Murray holds a two year art degree from Mitchell College and pursued additional art classes from NC State University.

Murray will be exhibiting in the Apple Gallery with his third exhibit some of his newest landscapes and seascapes which will be in oil with acrylic mix.  He is married, has two sons and three grandchildren.  He is employed with Stokes County Schools.  His hobbies include camping, hiking, and fishing which are incorporated with his passion to create his lovely works of art.

For more information about this exhibit or upcoming opening reception, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit us at  The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The gallery and offices are closed 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily and closed on Saturday and Sunday.  The viewing of this exhibit and opening reception is free to the public.

August 6th UncorkedStokes Uncorked Painting Series

August 20th theme: Wine Bottles (download the flyer)

$25 price includes: blank canvas, paint, brushes and snacks! Only 20 seats available. Pre-registration required. 1/2 prices on glasses and bottles of wine at The Green Heron. Kara Slawter will demonstrate paint techniques that you can use and she can help walk you through your painting process. Call Stokesarts to reserve your seat - 336-593-8159.

40th Stokes StompStokes Stomp - Sept. 13th & 14th at Moratock Park

Danbury, N.C. – The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 13th and 14th is adding a few new wrinkles on its fourtieth birthday, with activities aimed for the young and young at heart. The longest running arts council sponsored event in North Carolina, the Stokes Stomp is held annually along the banks of the beautiful Dan River at Moratock Park, 1077 Sheppard Mill Road in Danbury, North Carolina.

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule Saturday, Sept. 13th 
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Stained Glass Canoe
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Stokes Stomp Parade (Theme: Stokes County, Time Remembered)
At Parade Conclusion North, South, West Stokes Marching Bands
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jordan Covington
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Star Catchers
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Loose Cannons
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Lonesome River Band
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Blues Creek
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Lonesome River Band
Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio will perform
Main Stage Area - 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule Sunday, Sept. 14th
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. David Via
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Back Step Old Time Band (Old Dominion Cloggers will dance in front of the stage)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rich In Tradition
4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. John Cowan, John McFee & Friends
CC Dance Company will perform
Main Stage Area - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00

Reach the Peaks - Sept. 27th at Hanging Rock State Park

Reach The PeaksReach the Peaks is the premier single day hiking challenge in North Carolina.  The event is a strenuous 11 mile hike that will test participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Moore's Knob, Cook's Wall, House Rock, Wolf Rock, and Hanging Rock.  Co-organized by the Stokes County Arts Council and Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, all participants will report to Event Start/End location at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Parking Lot from 7:30am to 9:30am, with all participants required to begin the hike no later than 9:30am. Advance registration is $25 per person (either online via Brown Paper Tickets or in person at the arts council) and ends Sept. 25th at 5:30pm, day of registration $35 per person.  Participants will receive an event t-shirt, event stainless steel water bottle, trail map, post-hike meal, trail comfort/hospitality, entertainment, and trail safety team sweeps.   Day of Registration are not guaranteed a t-shirt or water bottle on that day, but can work with event staff for pick-up or delivery on a future date. Participants who complete the hike will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of hikers who have completed this single day hiking challenge. Participants interested in pre-registering and including their dog on the hike are encouraged to contact 336 593-8159 prior to the event.  Dog registration is $15 per dog, with each receiving a Reach the Peaks bandana (and patch should they complete the hike). Only well-behaved dogs welcomed, with ALL dogs required to be on a leash throughout the entire event.  The event will take place rain or shine.   

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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