“The Art4Life program has allowed students of all ages and abilities be creative in a friendly and judgement free environment, where the process of making art allows for self-expression, healing, and growing to become a better person. During these classes students share their own stories of success, struggles, problem solving whether it is about the art they are creating or the life they are living. Many classes are full of laughter and encouragement, leaving students and the teachers with a feeling of belonging as well as pride.”  – CCSA Instructor


Friendsgiving Social for Adults with Disabilities

Friendsgiving Social for Adults with Disabilities Monday, November 18 | 12-2pm Chestnut Creek School of the Arts 100 N Main Street | Galax, VA 24333 Cost: $20 includes materials (group rates of 8+ available) Join us for this month’s social “Friendsgiving” We will have games, craft projects, group activities, games and lots of mingling. Turkey sliders will be provided, and [...]

Shop Small Business Saturday at CCSA

Shop Small Business Saturday Date: Saturday, November 30 Time: 10am-4pm Join us in Downtown Galax for the ultimate holiday shopping extravaganza! We will launch our Holiday Artist Market featuring 50 + local and regional artisans and craftsman. Sip on some hot apple cider and get your holiday spirit shopping started! We will also have a few hands on projects to [...]

Exchange of Gifts by Dwayne Yancey

Exchange of Gifts by Dwayne Yancey Directed by Kerry Plank Rex Theater Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 Time: 7pm 2 hours with intermission Pay at the Gate Admission: TBD A sweet Christmas story with a message. Three foreign students studying at colleges in the United States find themselves snowbound at an airport for Christmas. One is from Australia, one is [...]

Ridgeline Writers Book Readings

Ridgeline Writers Book Readings Sunday, November 17th 2-4pm at CCSA Main Campus Free to Public | Donations Welcome   Writers To Hold Forth at CCSA Ridgeline Writers will host an afternoon reading on Sunday, November 17, at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Main Street in Galax. There is no admission fee for this event. The program will [...]

Holiday Artist Market at CCSA

Holiday Artist Market Dates: November 29- January 1 Times: M-F through Dec. 23 9am-5pm & Saturdays 11-3pm Special Hours: December 27-January 1st M-Sat, 11am-3pm Join us for the most wonderful time of the year! Shop local and support artisans and craftsman of our region when finding those one of a kind gifts for your loved ones. We have all price [...]



100 N Main St
Galax, VA 24333


Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Sewing Studio/Made with Love
1st Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30pm

Jewelry Studio
• As scheduled

Stained Glass Studio
• Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm


107 West Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studio Hours
• Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 – 5:00pm

Safety Class
(prereq for Open Studio)
• 1st Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Extra Open Studios
• Wednesday, 5:00 – 8:00pm


110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
Mondays, 9:00-11:00am
Tuesday 3:00-7:00 pm


Classes at CCSA

Explore the Arts Mini Sessions PreK-5

CCSA is kicking off a new series of classes geared towards younger kids, one day a month. Each session will have at least one in-depth hands on art project leaving your kids excited to return for the next session! Cost of each session is $20 plus a materials fee to cover the cost of the respective activity. Tuesday, October 1st [...]

Woodworking Safety Course with Dean Beavers

Woodworking Safety Course Instructor: Dean Beavers, Woodworking Studio Manager Dates: First Tuesdays of Every Month Time: 5:30-8pm Class Fee: $10 If you would like to come to an open studio  at the woodworking studio you are required to take the woodworking safety course before attending. This class review the main machinery in the shop, how to follow safety procedures and [...]

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with our cause! As a non-profit we depend on community members and visitors to help make our programs the best ever. We’d love to have you join us.

About Us

“Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is the hidden gem of Galax.” —Nicole Mckenna

Welcome to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts! We are a unique, hybrid organization formed as a function of the City of Galax.   Created as a vehicle to stimulate economic growth in the community we have formed our own non-profit and discovered that this is just as much about community development as it is economic development.

We offer classes, events and exhibits year-round for all ages in one of three studios located in the heart of downtown Galax. We have fully equipped studios in: Woodworking, Pottery, Stained Glass, Metalsmithing, Sewing, Painting, Printmaking and offer classes in several other disciplines.

It is our mission to preserve the cultural heritage unique to this region, communicate the value of the arts through hands-on instruction, create an environment conducive to learning free of intimidation. Our classes are designed for those visiting this area as well as those living in this region with evening and weekend classes. With help in funding from the Twin County Community Foundation we are now offering a multitude of workshops during the day serving but not limited to: Seniors, Homeschoolers, Veterans and those with special needs.

In addition to our classes we offer several community service opportunities including but not limited to: Empty Bowls- Helping feed the hungry and Stuffed with Love- Making stuffed animals for kids in trauma with plans to create miniature libraries in our Wood Studio. It is free to participate in our community service projects and they are designed so that everyone can participate in a meaningful way.

We believe that Art is for everyone and everyone has an inherent ability to create. Our Main Building was the first bank in Galax built in 1932. It was historically renovated and houses our Gift Shop, Administrative Offices and Studios: Stained Glass, Metalsmithing, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Music. With support from Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Agriculture, The Tobacco Commission, Rural Development we were able to purchase equipment and tools necessary to not only teach our classes but be available to students and community members for use outside of class in the spirit on entrepreneurial growth.

We offer a Junior Appalachian Music Program allowing students aged 9-13 the opportunity to borrow a guitar, fiddle, mandolin, or banjo coming twice a week for two terms in the school year to learn local old time music. We also are home to the Bobby Patterson lending library, providing use of a wide variety of instrument for those wishing to learn to play an instrument.

We have one full time and five part-time staff members and over 50 volunteers. Our Executive Founding Director, Chris Pollins reports both to the City of Galax City Manager and City Council, but also to a 15 member board of Directors governing the non-profit.