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.

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