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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.

Current and ongoing Stokes County Arts Council programs include:

  • Arts Education Touring Programs in Stokes County Schools

  • Programs for senior citizens and special needs adults and children

  • Kids Art Camps

  • Community Theatre

  • Visual and Performing Arts instruction

  • Community Outreach

The Arts Place of Stokes – Stokes County’s first multi-purpose performing arts venue including classrooms, ceramic studio, artist studio loft, and retail market featuring 70+ local and regional artists.









Community Events:

  • Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan

  • Soup in a Bowl

  • Reach the Peaks

  • The Polar Plunge

  • Music at King Central Park


Become a part of Stokes Arts….