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 Living Storybook Returns to Stokes Schools with Three by Grimm

living storybookThe Stokes County Arts Council is pleased to announce that The Living Storybook, the oldest theatre based literacy program in NC, will return to all of Stokes County’s elementary schools beginning November 5.

The touring show this year is Three by Grimm, written and directed by Storybook creator, Peter Holland. The new Storybook backdrop will be designed and painted by Bruce Burgess.

In Three by Grimm when a young girl named Worm opens her new storybook, the Storybook Players appear and with her help act out the stories from the book: Three Billy Goats Gruff, Wonderful Cat in Boots, and Snow White.
Filled with humor, live music, and audience participation, this year’s Storybook production features some of Stokes County’s most talented young people, ranging in age from 8 to 18.

Cast members include Brook Smith, Maya Burgess, Elizabeth Holland, Jack Lee, Riley Culler, Anika Burgess, Zoe Durst, Abigal Thomas, Andrew Nail, Brittney Phillips, Tayler Phillips, Django Burgess, Gianna Micelli, Sofia Micelli, Harmony Templon, Austin Weatherman, Jenny Smith, Kimberly Boles, Kendra Samuels, Kate Hampton, Garrett Howell, Sarah Marion, Grace Juergens, and Hannah Ross.

Public performances of The Living Storybook: Three by Grimm will be held at South Stokes High School Auditorium on Saturday, November 8 at 7:00 PM and on Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 PM. Admission, available at the door, is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The 2014 touring show schedule for The Living Storybook is as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 5- Sandy Ridge Elementary 8:15 AM, Lawsonville Elementary 10:00 AM, Poplar Springs Elementary 1:15 PM
  • Friday, November 7- Francisco Elementary 8:15 AM, Nancy Reynolds Elementary 10:00 AM, King Elementary 1:15 PM
  • Monday, November 10- Germanton Elementary 8:15 AM, Pinnacle Elementary 10:00 AM, Mt Olive Elementary 1:15 PM
  • Wednesday, November 12- London Elementary 8:15 AM, Walnut Cove Elementary 10:00, Pine Hall Elementary 1:15 PM

The Stokes County Arts Council is the original and primary sponsor of The Living Storybook Program, which receives assistance from the NC Arts Council and others.

For more information on classes and content, contact Peter Holland at

If you still have questions please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or email us at

Uncorked Painting Series at the Green Heron

November 19th theme: Reindeer
December 3rd theme: Christmas Tree

$25 price includes: blank canvas, paint, brushes and snacks! Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Only 20 seats available. Pre-registration and pre-payment 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.
Download the November Flyer or the December Flyer and post at your work.

The Green Heron is located on Flinchum Rd., in Danbury, NC.

In the Gallery for November - Phil Jones

Phil JonesThe Stokes County Arts Council is proud to host Phil Jones in the Apple Gallery during the month of November 2014. An opening reception will be held in his honor at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina on Friday, October 24th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Phil Jones VasePhil Jones, a native of Wisconsin discovered art at an early age because of an art teacher who recognized his talent for three-dimensional sculpture and clay. This teacher encouraged Jones to take art throughout his school career. Because of her influence, Jones went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education (with an emphasis in ceramics and glass blowing) from Western Carolina University.

Presently, Jones is teaching art at South Stokes High School. Jones feels his work manifests a spiritual quality and feels his God given talent has enabled him to teach. His students challenge him to explore new ideas and concepts in his art. The combination of these two influences keep him alert, creative and productive. Jones has this to say about his work, “Since I have always been fascinated in the planetary, environmental and atmospheric sciences, I strive to emulate the special effects created by nature. In creating my pottery, I try to capture the variety and vividness of colors that the gasses produce in the universe.”

Phil Jones resides in Germanton, North Carolina with his wife, Greta, and two children, Jordan and Luke.

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 Phil Jones. The exhibit will be on display October 22nd through November 25th.Stokes Stomp Shirt

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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