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

The Hero Squad2014 Sauratown Summer Theatre Events

JULY 17-19

A hilarious comedy written by Will Ledesma about four superheroes that fight crime alongside their super computer, Gina Gizmo. They are best friends, but their bond is put to the test when they encounter a mysterious girl, the nefarious Nikolai Oshkoshbigoshnikov, and the greatest superhero in the world, Good Knight John Boy. Who is this mysterious girl? Will Oshkoshbigoshnikov succeed in his plan to rule the world? And, is Good Knight John Boy really as awesome as he thinks he is? Find out in this epic theatrical event! Intended for all ages, this production is sure to be a treat for the whole family. Come out to see the show at King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Road, King, North Carolina, July 17th-19th. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Gate opens at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (ten years old and under). Concessions available for purchase.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.  Hope to see you there! 

Sauratown Summer Theatre is gearing up for an exciting second summer season in Stokes County. This year’s season includes the play Things My Mother Taught Me, June 19-21, a romantic comedy chronicling a couple moving from New York to Chicago and what happens when both sets of parents show to "help," The Hero Squad vs. The Princess Snatchers, July 17-19, a theatre for young audiences performance about, you guessed it, a hero squad saving a princess from the princess snatchers, and the musical revue Broadway Through the Years Vol II, August 28-30, a musical revue spanning over 70 years on Broadway.

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.

art campSummer Art Camps - Only 1 week left!

Our summer art camps in the visual and performing arts are extremely popular. In order to secure your slot today, please pre-register. We have four different locations acros the county for you to choose from. Please visit our art camp page for more information and forms.

July 21-25—Mount Olive—Visual Arts, ages 7-14 Instructor - Amanda Gordon
July 21-25 —South Stokes—Drama Teen Camp, ages 11-teens

Visual Arts Camp at North & Mt. Olive —$65 per student
Pottery—$75 per student
Drama Camp—$90 per student, $80 for each student if more than one student from the same family is enrolled in Drama Camp.
Camp Fee includes instruction, supplies, tee-shirt and pizza party on Friday.
Lunch on your own Monday through Thursday— Bring a bag lunch and beverage.

HOURS: The camps at North Stokes and West Stokes are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. the camp at Mt. Olive is Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Camps will culminate in an exhibition for family and friends.

August 6th UncorkedStokes Uncorked Painting Series

August 6th theme: Ocean Sunset (*changed) (download the flyer)

August 20th theme: Wine Bottles (*changed) (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 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.

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.

Loose CanonsArmy Ground Forces Band - Aug. 9th at King Central Park

This family friendly event is FREE and is sure to be a toe-tapping good time. Concessions will be available. Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket since this shin-dig is at the amphitheater. This event is sponsored by the City of King and King American Legion Post 290. Download the flyer to display at work

Mark your calendar for upcoming StokesArts Events

Interactive Storybook - Once Upon A Blue Ridge - July 26th - King Central Park 7pm - FREE - Bring a lawn chair
Army Ground Forces Loose Cannons Band August 9th - King Central Park 7pm - FREE - Bring a lawn chair
Stokes Stomp September 13th & 14th
Reach the Peaks September 27th
Reach the Peaks Art Recpetion October 10 5:30pm to 8pm Hanging Rock Visitor's Center

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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