The Cultural Arts Committee works with City Council to support cultural arts programs and to bring art awareness to the residents of Costa Mesa, the City of the Arts. This committee works to establish programs, events and information that help residents access the arts in many different venues, and through multiple sources.

The committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:45 p.m. in City Hall's Conference Room 1A.

For more information about the committee, call (714) 754-5300, and you will be directed to the appropriate City staff liaison to the committee. If you are interested in participating in this committee by becoming a member, fill out the "Committee/Commission Board Member Interest Form," available from the City Clerk's Office or click here to download. Members are appointed in April.

MISSION STATEMENT The purpose of the Cultural Arts Committee is to enhance, promote and support our rich artistic community of Costa Mesa, the City of the Arts.


  1. Complete the City of Costa's Arts and Culture Master Plan process and provide recommendations to City Council  
  2. Award a minimum of five (5) grants through the Cultural Arts Committee Grant Program to benefit local arts and artist organizations
  3. Provide staff with art related recommendations for the facilities associated with the Lions Park Project
  4. Pursue four (4) local businesses to sponsor a utility box, growing the Utility Box Beautification Project
  5. Install eight (8) new utility boxes art vinyl wraps
  6. Create a maintenance plan for the Utility Box Art Program and include the replacement of three (3) utility box vinyl wraps that were installed in phase one
  7. Continue to partner and collaborate with other organizations:  CM non-profits, local design studios, art stores, entertainers, NMUSD arts, etc
  8. Increase the Costa Mesa Directory of the Arts (a yellow pages for art) submissions to include 100 local artist and art businesses
  9. Host the 5th annual ARTventure signature event and feature multiple forms of art and entertainment
  10. Partner with local organizations and business to create "pop-up" art activations across the City
  11. Create media that features local artists and events, and post on social media and website
  12. Expand the Art on the Fifth gallery to include the first floor conference room
  13. Provide historical art from first floor conference room to the Costa Mesa Senior Center
  14. Create and execute a maintenance plan for the mural located at TeWinkle Park, adjacent to the Bark Park and Skatepark.



  1. Permanent Community Art Center to display artwork and conduct performing arts of Costa Mesa artists
  2. Provide City Council with advice relative to issues relating to Cultural Arts



  1. Hosted the 4th annual ARTventure event October 5-6 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  More than two hundred and ninety (290) pieces of art were juried and displayed along with twenty-two (22) student submissions.  Prizes were awarded to selected artists.  Live music and artist demonstrations were provided by Vanguard University and varies local arts organizations.  One thousand seven hundred and fifty (1,750) people attended.
  2. Art in Public Places - Utility Box Beautification Program installed seven (7) boxes were affix with submitted art in the form of printed vinyl wrap.
  3. Increased social media presence on Facebook from 393 followers to 491 followers, 20% increase.
  4. Art on the Fifth featured four (4) Costa Mesa artists and hosted four (4) receptions. Postcards and social media provided for each artist.
  5. The Youth Art Gallery featured artwork from four (4) Costa Mesa nonprofits.
  6. The Exhibit featured four (4) Costa Mesa artists over 50 years and hosted four (4) receptions. Postcards and social media provided for each artist.
  7. Increased artists on the Costa Mesa Art Directory, a FREE online listing of information for Costa Mesa artist and arts organizations and galleries. The directory has forty-eight (48) artists and seventeen (17) organizations, a increase 46% increase.
  8. The Cultural Arts Committee Grant Program raised $4,315 and awarded four (4) grants totaling $1,800.