Gastonia Arts Committee

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Did you know the City of Gastonia has a new Arts Committee?
The City of Gastonia Arts Committee is working to support artist growth and expression in our City. The committee is working to advance both visual and performing arts in our community for everyone to participate in and enjoy the arts and experience all they have to offer.

Our goals are to ...

  • Increase public art throughout the City.
  • Provide educational and cultural arts opportunities to citizens.
  • Help our civic non-profit arts organizations through small grants.
  • Attract more economic dollars and opportunities through arts events.

Explore public art throughout our beautiful city


2023/2024 Grant Applications - Due September 15, 2023

We welcome arts organizations with 501(c)(3) status to apply for an arts grant. An organization with 501(c)(3) status under the United State Internal Revenue Code is one which maintains a permanent office, practice/performance space, or physical address within the municipal boundaries of the City of Gastonia. North Carolina General Statute Section160A-488 refers to “arts” to include the performing arts, visual arts, and literary arts and includes dance, drama, music, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, photography, film, video, architecture, design, and literature, when part of a performing, visual or literary arts program.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application


2023 Christmas Tree Decorating Contest Application - Due October 15, 2023

Christmas in the City is on Sunday, December 3 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Rotary Pavilion and downtown Gastonia. The event features the City of Gastonia marketplace, Keep Gastonia Beautiful tree lighting, and the Gaston County Jaycees Christmas parade. 

The City of Gastonia Arts Committee is hosting a Christmas tree decorating contest. On Sunday, December 3, beginning at 12:00 pm, approved organizations may begin decorating their tree, set up near the pavilion. The application is open to businesses and non-profits in Gastonia (must have a Gastonia address.) More information is found in the application, linked below.

Arts Committee Tree Decorating Contest Application


Become a Friend of the Arts Committee
Would you like to receive information and announcements from the Arts Committee? Contact Candice Owenby at

Check back to see what's coming up and how we are highlighting great arts projects in the City of Gastonia.

Thank you for supporting the arts in Gastonia!


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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