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

Hotdogs & Hamlet- Saturday May 3rd at King Central Park

Hamlet will be at King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Rd in King, NC $10 adults, $5 students. Hotdogs go on sale at 6pm, performance at 7pm.
Featuring the World Renowned NC Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare to Go. This play is 60 Minutes and is a 7 Actors Shorts.
Call 336 593-8159 for tickets or information.

Hotdogs & Hamlet


KrippleKrunk in Concert - Sunday, May 4th at King Central Park 5-7pm

A public concert by the traditional instrumental phenomenon known as "Kripplekrunk" will take place on Sunday, May 4 at the King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Road in King, North Carolina.  Gates open at 4pm with the two hour concert beginning at 5pm.  Advance Tickets for Adults are $11 each, and Day of Event Adult Tickets $21 each.  Children ages 12-18 Day of Event Tickets only $5 each, with Children Under 12 FREE Admission.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the King Elementary Gymnasium located adjacent to King Central Park at 152 E. School Street, King, NC.  Buy tickets online at:

Rex McGee, John Garris, Danny Knicely, Nate Leath, Dennis Lee, Bobby Martin - Kripplekrunk started when multi-instrumentalist Rex McGee convinced friends from his annual trips to the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention to do a jam session styled studio recording featuring original instrumentals. Some of those tunes go back to the 1980's when mandolin player Danny Knicely and guitarist John Garris pitched camp near Rex and produced a magnetic draw for the more adventurous players visiting this festival. Galax had a tradition as a nuclear core of Appalachian string band music, but a dedicated group of fans sprung up who were always ready to see what holy cow would get tipped over next. Sometimes perfectly good old-time and bluegrass tunes were transformed, other times popular music of the day was given bluegrass styled treatments.

Carol EnglerIn the Gallery - Carol Engler

The Stokes County Arts Council is proud to host artist Carol Engler in the Apple Gallery during the month of May. An opening reception will be held in her honor on Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. Mason Via and other guests will provide a program of music at the opening reception.

About the artist….Engler is a painter of life….her travels have inspired her work. She states, “I attempt to touch the viewer’s emotions through an image. For me, art is a liberation of my creative soul and hopefully – for the viewer – an opening of the mind and a raising of the spirit.”

Engler prefers working with watercolor and acrylic. She relates the flow of watercolor and the vibrancy of color in acrylics draws her attention to detail. A graduate of Delavan High School and the University of Wisconsin, she also has educational training from Columbia NYC and Art Student League NYC, and the Sawtooth Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She has exhibited her work in other venues such as a student exhibit at NYC, Mebane, NC, Black Mountain, NC. She is a member of the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem.

Engler’s unique artwork includes pigs and cows which were inspired by her presence in Stokes County, NC. The beautiful ladies in her paintings were inspired by her friends and nieces. And, the landscapes are inspired by her travels.

In addition to being an artist, Engler has held the position of executive director of Hospice for Stokes County, owned and operated the Pack House Studio in Francisco and served on the boards of Westfield Medical Clinic and the Stokes County Arts Council. She enjoys “quiet time” on her farm in Francisco, NC. She is an enthusiast when it comes to health and exercise; she practices her yoga and works at least four days a week in her studio.
She is married to Al Engler and is proud to say for fifty-two years. The couple have two children and five grandchildren and states “she enjoys spending a lot of time with her children and grandchildren.” For more information about the artist, please view her website at:

The opening reception and viewing of this exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit dates are April 23rd through May 27th. The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit our website at

Jammin' at the Danbury General Store - Friday's in May - FREE EVENT
201 Main Street, Danbury, NC 27016 336-593-8780 For more information on what bands are playing when, visit our Foothills Hayride website.

May 2nd - 36 Degrees North

36 Degrees North is a regional Band in the Piedmont Triad. Their music is a blend of traditional, modern, original, & gospel bluegrass!
(Start Time – 7:00)

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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