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

Family_friends_fallsFamily, Friends & Falls at Hanging Rock State Park - April 18th

The inaugural Family, Friends, and Falls Waterfall Hike & Photography Challenge will take place on Saturday, April 18 at Hanging Rock State Park, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road in Danbury, North Carolina, ranked among the top twenty parks in the USA.

Participants will hike to four of the parks beautiful waterfalls, including Upper Cascades, Hidden Falls, Window Falls, and Lower Cascades and have the opportunity to submit one photograph each in the following categories; Waterfall, Friends, Flora, and Participants Choice.  Winning photographs will be chosen in both age groups (5 -12 years old / 13 and older) by a panel of professional photographers with each category winner receiving a Blue Ribbon, Best of Stokes Gift Basket, and photo published in the Stokes News.  Four People's Choice winners will be chosen via Facebook selection and receive Red Ribbons.  Judges will also award four honorable mention winners from each category with White Ribbons.  All non-winner photography participants in the 5 - 12 age group will receive green ribbons.  

The fee to participate in Family, Friends, and Falls is $10 each for children ages five to twelve years old and $20 each for ages thirteen and above and includes event patch, photography competition, and hotdog lunch with chips, fruit, cookie, and beverage.  Day of registration starts at 9am with all participants required to begin the hike no later than 10am, with lunch served from 11am to 1pm.  

brown paper ticketsFamily, Friends, and Falls is organized and sponsored by the Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, Stokes County Arts Council and Hanging Rock State Park with proceeds benefiting the Vade Mecum Restoration Project.  Advance registration can be made in person at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitors Center or Stokes County Arts Council office, 500 N. Main St. in Danbury or through online registration via  For additional information, contact 336 593-8480 or 336 593-8159. 

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In the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Gallery - Bruce Burgess


Bruce Burgess at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitors Center in April & May. The opening reception will be Sunday, April 12th from 2-4pm. The public is invited to attend this free reception and exhibition. Visitor's Center Hours at Hanging Rock State Park are 9am - 4:45 daily.
For more information about this exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159.

In the Apple Gallery - High School Art Extravaganza
High School Art Show
Opening Reception:
Friday, March 27th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stokes County Arts Council, Apple Gallery, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, NC 27016
Scholarship Award Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.

The North Stokes Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Alicia Merritt, will provide a program of music. Refreshments. The public is invited to attend this free exhibit.

Stokes Stomp Arts & Crafts Vendor Application Available Now

The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 12th and 13th is now accepting Arts & Crafts Vendor Applications at this time. Please download the Arts & Crafts Registration Form 2015 docpdf and send it in. Non-profit booth applications will be available at a later time. The Stomp is 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.

For more information, please visit our Stokes Stomp webpage or contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or if interested in participating either as a vendor or volunteer, please contact us via e-mail at

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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