Stokes County Arts Council

Non-Profit Arts Institute in Stokes County


In 1975, 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 celebrations. The first Stokes Stomp was an immediate success and has continued to grow, drawing county residents and sizeable numbers of visitors from the border counties of Virginia and 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.

Stokes County Arts Council
Stokes County Arts Council
Stokes County Arts Council
Stokes County Arts Council
Stokes County Arts Council


The mission of the Stokes County Arts Council is to support and promote the cultural arts in Stokes County, North Carolina. 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
Stokes County Arts Council


President: Ellen Peric
Vice President: Tory Mabe
Secretary: Nancy Markle
Treasurer: Patti Snyder
Ada Linster – Amanda Gordon – Nancy Markle – Tory Mabe – Ellen Peric – Kitty Ray Brown
Laurelyn Dossett – Patti Snyder – Annette Tenny – Andrew Young


Visual Arts: Amanda Gordon
Stokes Stomp: Nancy Markle & Tory Mabe
Scholarship Committee: Nancy Markle, Amanda Gordon, & 3 Community Members
Fundraising: Ellen Peric & Tory Mabe
Soup In A Bowl: Annette Tenny
Polar Plunge: Kitty Ray Brown
Junior Mountain Music: Laurelyn Dossett


Executive Director: Eddy McGee
Operations Manager:
Manager – The Arts Place of Stokes: Sonya Godwin