Commission on the Arts

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  • Position 1 - Jennifer Justice
  • Position 2 - Linda Marroquin
  • Position 3 - Becky Major (Chair)
  • Position 4 - Maureen M. Patton
  • Position 5 - Elizabeth (Bets) Anderson
  • Position 6 - Izola Colllins
  • Position 7 - Greg Bruce
  • Position 8 - Karen Kislingbury
  • Position 9 - John Gorman
  • Ex-Officio - District #3 Councilman Ralph McMorris (non-voting)

The Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District is governed by members a governance committee, comprised of the Commission for the Arts members and additional governance committee members as follows:

  • Merri Edwards
  • Janet Hassinger
  • Steve Lanier
  • Susan Lynch

Have questions? 

Please email Chair Becky Major.


The City of Galveston's Commission for the Arts has had a dynamic history, from its inception many years ago to the present rebirth following Hurricane Ike. Just 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 for the Arts 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 Commission for the Arts 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 Commission for the Arts.