About

OUR HISTORY

Back in 1975, a group of about 20 people applied for a small grant to put together an event for the people of Stokes County. At the time, there were very few opportunities in the county to come together as a regional community in festive celebration. The first Stokes Stomp was an immediate success and has continued to grow, drawing not only county residents but also sizeable numbers of visitors from the border counties of Virginia and from nearby North Carolina counties. The original core group of festival organizers formed the Stokes County Arts Council the following year, and many of them remain active in presenting the annual festival.

OUR MISSION

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President & Treasurer – Ellen Peric
Vice President – Tory Mabe
Secretary – Amanda Gordon

Ada Linster – Amanda Gordon – Nancy Markle – Janis Henderson-Hunsucker – Tory Mabe –  Ellen Peric  – Carol Carroll – Betsy Kye  – Gayle Tucker – Kitty Ray Brown – Bettye Barrett 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Visual Arts – Amanda Gordon & Janis Henderson-Hunsucker (co-chairs) Members – Kitty Rae Brown 
Stokes Stomp – Nancy Markle & Tory Mabe
Scholarship Committee – Nancy Markle, Amanda Gordon  & 3 community members
Fundraising – Ellen Peric
Music / Entertainment – Dallas Carroll