Fiddlers Week Videos

The videos from the Fiddlers Week Musical Heritage events are now online!

Old-time and Bluegrass Singing Styles Showcase

Tales From the Field Discussion

Old-time and Bluegrass Fiddle Styles Showcase

Luthiers Discussion on the Art of Making, Repairing, and Setting Up Stringed Instruments



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Current at the Creek Fall 2014

Click here to read our latest newsletter, Current at the Creek, with loads of information about upcoming events; a student, instructor and volunteer spotlight; and other information about Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

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In a Days Drive

WSLS 10 out of Roanoke produced a segment on Galax for their “In a Day’s Drive” series that includes Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

The series highlights various locations that are within a day’s drive of Roanoke. The reporter who came to visit also has a blog site where she had additional photos, including several at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts

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Fiddlers Week Events

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is holding a full week of events during Fiddlers Week, August 2 – 9.

For a pdf version of the schedule, go to Fiddlers week events 2014.

For event descriptions and details, go to the Schedule/Events page on the website.

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Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is now registered with Amazon Smile. If you shop on Amazon using the link below, Amazon will automatically donate .5% of your purchase price to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. Just click on the link below and start shopping!


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Youth Art Show Winners Announced

The 2nd Annual City of Galax Youth Art Exhibit featured over fifty drawings and paintings of City of Galax resident youth ages 6-18.  This exhibit was on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts located at 100 North Main Street, downtown Galax from May 1 through May 30th.  Guests, residents and visitors were encouraged to place their votes for their favorites in each of three categories:  Elementary, Middle and High School categories.

The ballots have been tallied and congratulations go out to the following youth who received the top six highest numbers of votes in their category:  Elementary:  Lauren Morton, Alberto Rojas Vera, Gracie Firgau, Mary Rachel White, Miguel Loera Gonzales and Jaelind Moraski; Middle: Gabriela Solorzano, Santana Sawyers, Griff Morris, Ruto Thi, Aariel Smith and Sarah Elmsry and High School: Cody McMillon, Elijah Funk, August Reavis, Rebekah Bennett, Kyla Revolorio and Lyndsey Nale.   There were six winners in each of the three categories.  Each entry will be framed and exhibited in one of six public facilities:  Municipal Building, Courthouse,  Recreation Center, Visitors Center, Crossroads and CCSA.

This effort is made possible by members of the City of Galax Public Art Committee, City of Galax Public School Art Teachers  and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  The City of Galax Public Art Committee works on behalf of Galax City Council.  Contact Chris Pollins-Shackelford, Executive Director at CCSA and Chairman of the Public Arts Committee at (276)236-3500, or  CCSA is a function of the City of Galax and offers classes and events year-round for all ages and skill levels in traditional music, heritage crafts and contemporary arts.

Click here to view the press release

Elementary School Winners


Middle School Winners


High School Winners


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Pre-Bid Conference June 24 for New Woodworking Studio

City of Galax Announces Opportunity for Builders!

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA), a function of the City of Galax, is working with the Lane Group to finalize plans for a fully equipped wood working studio.  This studio will be located at 107 West OldTown and is designed to include equipment and tools to teach both instrument building as well as furniture design and construction. This building contains mostly a wood working shop, complimented by a gallery, classroom and stage facility for future musical performances.  This building will be predominantly an educational facility with opportunities for local wood workers and wood working entrepreneurs to rent space in order to develop their trade or business.  This building is scheduled to be built by Spring 2014.A pre-bid conference is scheduled to take place at the City of Galax Municipal Building located at 111 East Grayson Street, downtown Galax on June 24 at 2pm with Bids due as of July 22 at 2pm, same location.

The project is generally described as a new 4,095 square foot, single story multi-use woodworking studio building for the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. The project includes, but is not limited to the following: site work for building construction; CMU foundation walls with concrete slab on grade; wood stud and wood truss framing; standing seam metal roofing; corrugated metal siding; fixed aluminum windows; insulated GWB partitions; wood door and hollow metal frame assemblies; interior finishes; toilet partitions and accessories; and associated plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and electrical work.  Questions can be directed to Sandra P. Graham, The Lane Group 540-685-3389.

CCSA, a collaborative project with the City of Galax, preserves and promotes the cultural heritage of southwest Virginia by fostering artistic and individual growth through classes in visual and performing arts, heritage and contemporary craft and traditional music by providing an environment and the resources conducive to learning.  CCSA offers classes and events year-round for all ages and skill levels in traditional music, heritage crafts, and contemporary Arts.  For more information you may call 276)236-3500, visit the website at www.CHESTNUTCREEKARTS.ORG or main facility located at 100 N. Main St., Galax.

Click here for a copy of the press release

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Summer CRE8!

Summer CRE8! will meet on Monday afternoons, Wednesdays all-day, and Friday mornings, June 9 – July 30.

CRE8! is an arts and creativity program for children age 8-12. Students will be introduced to several artistic disciplines including but not limited to drawing, pottery, basketry, beading, and paper art, doing projects that can be completed during a single class period. The emphasis is on fun as well as learning.

Sessions will be held 12:00 – 5:00 pm on Mondays with 2 class periods, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Wednesdays with 3 class periods, and 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Fridays with one class period.

Children can sign up for individual days or for blocks of dates. There are many tuition packages available depending on how the number of days you sign up for. These packages are very flexible and are designed to fit in with summer vacation plans and other activities children might be participating in this summer. The program is open to any child age 8-12 who is in the Galax region, including those who are visiting the area.

For more information about this program, stop by the school or call Penney Klaproth at (276) 236-3500.

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Summer JAM

Galax Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will be offering a 6-week summer program this year.

Summer JAM will be different from the school-year offering. Rather than group lessons, Summer JAM will consist of 6 weeks of individual one-on-one half-hour lessons on Tuesday afternoons, June 17-July 22, scheduled between the hours of 3 and 6 pm. Students can sign up for fiddle, banjo, mandolin, or guitar.

This is an opportunity to improve on an instrument a child already plays or to get a head start on a new instrument. Students who have already participated in a JAM program or who plan to start JAM in the fall are especially encouraged to enroll.

The cost is $30 for the 6 weeks of lessons, and is open to children age 8 to 14. Galax JAM can loan instruments to students who pay a security deposit. There are a limited number of spots available for each instrument.

To register, please stop by the school or give us a call at (276) 236-3500.

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CCSA Becomes an Affiliated Venue of the Crooked Road

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will be presented with a banner acknowledging their recent inclusion as a Crooked Road Affiliated Venue.  Affiliated Venues represent the best in traditional music gatherings that the region has to offer.  As an Affiliated Venue, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials and recognized as a regional destination to Trail followers.

The Crooked Road will present the banner to representatives of CCSA on Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. just before the start of the Music of the Crooked Road Concert with Eddie Bond, Kirk Sutphin and Joe Dejarnette.  Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is located at 100 North Main, Galax, Virginia.

Jack Hinshelwood, the Executive Director of the Crooked Road, said that “Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is the first Affiliated Venue of The Crooked Road devoted to providing learning opportunities related to traditional music and craft.  It’s great to be able to connect Crooked Road travelers with opportunities to learn from accomplished artists from this region.”

CCSA is a year-round art school that believes that art is for everyone and everyone is an artist. Programming includes classes and events for all ages and skill levels in traditional music, heritage crafts, and contemporary arts.  Classes are offered in Appalachian music and dance, drawing & painting, weaving, basket-weaving, felting, sewing, dyeing, jewelry, pottery, wood and stone carving, and more. Classes are offered for adults, teens, and children.

The Crooked Road’s mission is to support tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving this Appalachian region’s unique musical and cultural heritage. A complete listing of the Affiliated Venues and Festivals and the Major Venues of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail can be found at

For additional information about The Crooked Road, call 276-492-2409 or send an email to  For more information about CCSA go to

Click here to download the press release

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