Cultural Arts Commission (formerly Commission on the Arts)


Overview | The City of Galveston's Cultural Arts Commission has had a dynamic history, from its inception many years ago to the present. A few of the projects completed during that time include:

  • The relocation of David Moore's Dolphin Sculpture to Galveston's Seawall
  • Dedication of the commemorative 1900 Storm Sculpture
  • Development of a driving tour of public art
  • Successfully applying and receiving a state-wide designation for the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District which encompasses our historic downtown and surrounding areas

The Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District is one of the most important projects the commission has undertaken and not only is a feather in Galveston's cap but one that will add an element of promotion to our city that will increase our cultural tourism and serve as another economic stimulus to our community. The district will be included on the Texas Commission on the Arts website as one of the selected communities honored with this designation. Galveston's Cultural Arts Commission future plans include a significant brochure listing the many cultural arts sites within the district to include the surrounding businesses, complete with a map, directions, and descriptions. Future plans of the commission also include commissioning additional public art pieces and further enhancing the economic impact of the arts on the economy of our community.

Community members representing the visual and performing arts as well as arts education are appointed to serve on the City of Galveston's Cultural Arts Commission.


The City of Galveston’s Cultural Arts Commission is seeking proposals for public art projects on the island.  

These art projects may be funded at any level; however, the emphasis will be on projects with a budget of $5,000 or less.  Projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal 2021-2022 year, September 30, 2022.

The Galveston Cultural Arts Commission will recommend to City Council financial support for public art projects within the City of Galveston that meet the criteria. City Council will then vote whether to provide grant support to those projects.

Community members representing the visual and performing arts as well as arts education are appointed to serve on the City of Galveston’s Cultural Arts Commission. The commission will accept proposals until February 1, 2021. 

Public art projects may include any artwork that exists in a public space and may be visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, or media arts. Funding is available to both individual artists and collectives.  Artists may partner with organizations, but grants will not be made to organizations or institutions.

The public component of the project needs to be located in the City of Galveston.  There are no residency restrictions, but City of Galveston residents are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply:

Please email all materials to

  • Application Form
  • Artist C.V./ Resume
  • Letter of support/permission from all interested parties, including property owner(s)
  • Project description including a detailed site plan (not to exceed 1000 words)
  • Previous work samples 5-10 related images for visual projects, five minutes of video for performance, writing sample for literary works (not to exceed 2000 words)
  • A Proposed Budget with line items for materials, any necessary permits, insurance, and artist fee. Please include any existing funding or in-kind donations 
  • A proposal for public workshop if desired
  • Timeline for completion: Projects must be completed during between June 2021-September 2022)

Proposals will be evaluated by the City of Galveston Cultural Arts Commission and approved by City Council.  Proposals will be evaluated along the following criteria:


  • On time completion
  • Completion on budget 
  • Maintenance timeline 
  • Environmental impact

Artistic Merit

  • Aesthetic consideration
  • Artistic strength


  • Potential impact on audience
  • Visibility


  • Demonstration of community support

Finalists may be contacted for an interview with members of the Cultural Arts Commission.

Deadline: 2/1/2021

Agendas & Minutes & Questions

Agendas are available prior to the meeting Minutes are available following approval. Please contact Commission Chair Nick Barbee for questions

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  • Position 1: Robert Barbee (Chair), Visual or Performing Arts
  • Position 2: Becky Major, Visual or Performing Arts
  • Position 3: Ed Gaerke, Visual or Performing Arts
  • Position 4: Kathleen DiNatale, Visual or Performing Arts
  • Position 5: Trey Click, At large
  • Position 6: Vacant, At large
  • Position 7: Pat Jacobi, At large
  • Position 8: Kenneth Shelton, At large
  • Position 9: CVB Chief Tourism Director, Michael Woody
  • Ex-officio (non-voting) City Council Craig Brown 
  • Staff - Executive Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Outreach Barbara Sanderson