Hello, CCSA Community!
We realize you are probably going as stir crazy as us as we head in to our third month of dealing with the limitations of the coronavirus.

We are excited to announce that we will start offering some online classes to participate in!

More coming up:
(click link for more info or to register online)

Tuesday, May 26 10:30-12pm | Online Handlettering with Amy Jackson | $15

Saturday, June 20 & 27 9-10:30am | Online Oil Painting Spring Blooms with Viktoria Majestic

More online Coming Soon: 
Acrylic Paint Party, Sketching, Kids Camps and more watercolor to be scheduled

How to make a donation:
To make a quick and easy online donation through paypal, you can click the donate button below.
Mail a check to CCSA at 100 N. Main St. Galax, VA 24333
Call 276.236.3500 to make a donation over the phone with your credit card M-F 9am-5pm.


The Gang at CCSA
100 North Main Street
Galax, VA. 24333
Cell: (276)233-8340

Cancellations in Response to COVID-19

Galax JAM is cancelled at through the end of the year. We will be pro-rating refunds to issue asap.

Pottery Open Studio is Closed at least through June 10th.

Woodworking Studio is Closed at least through June 10th.

All Classes, Workshops, & Art4Life Classes through June 10th CANCELLED.

Wood Rock, through June 10th is CANCELLED.

CCSA is now CLOSED through June 10th, 2020.

Please visit our Facebook page for recommendations on being creative while staying home: HERE

Link to CDC web site for recommendations on Social Gatherings during COVID-19 : HERE

Dear CCSA Community,
WE MISS YOU!  We are well and hope you are too!
In the midst of all of this fear and uncertainty it is more important than ever to show our appreciation to each of you for being part of our school and to revisit what makes what we do so important.  What we do matters and will be even more important as we navigate our new normal.
We’re taking this time to reflect of the importance of our work and are updating our strategic plan to become even stronger as a result of this challenge.
Our Vision is to be the multi-disciplinary hub for creative excellence, personal growth and self-expression in Southwest Virginia.
Our mission is to be a vehicle for economic and community development, creating meaningful arts experiences with and for the community and visitors through education, exhibitions, sales and partnerships.
Our Core Values:
· Everyone has an inherent ability to create and are better for being creative.
· Providing an environment conducive to creative exploration supports that expression.
· Art enriches our community.
· Artists are essential to our Community’s health and success.
·  More can be achieved by working collaboratively than individually.
· Fiscal stewardship and artistic risk-taking simultaneously strengthens our organization.
· Culture of inclusivity, integrity and respect is crucial.
YOU and your participation with our school is what makes what we do possible and we couldn’t do any of this without you!
Moving forward, we are navigating re-open orders from our governor and assure you that every precaution will be taken as we carefully re-open for business.
Please take special care  and cannot wait to see all of you again
Chris Pollins
Founding Executive Director
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts
100 North Main Street
Galax, VA. 24333




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 & Thursdays | 9:00am-2:00pm

•  Wednesdays & Fridays | 12:00-5:00pm

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

Extra Open Studios
• 1st Saturdays Every Month | 11am-3pm


110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

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

Pottery Studio Members have 24/7 access.
Call 276.236.3500 for more info.


Classes at CCSA

“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

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.