Committee for the Arts

About the Gloucester Committee for the Arts 

The Committee for the Arts (CFTA) is a group made up of citizen volunteers chosen by the Mayor and City Council. The Committee for the Arts was established by city ordinance in 2000 to appreciate local art and artists. The Committee for the Arts promotes and celebrates Gloucester’s cultural heritage.

Our Mission

  • Maintain Gloucester’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals and other city-owned art
  • Develop and promote art education programs
  • Give honors that recognize local artists, including the position of Gloucester Poet Laureate
  • Bring about a city-wide public art policy and commissioning process
  • Develop beneficial arts partnerships
  • Encourage the creation and promotion of arts projects created in or about Gloucester
  • Advise city officials on the value of a diverse, cultural life for all citizens
  • Encourage arts programs within the public schools


  • Committee for the Arts (CFTA) meetings are open to the public and meeting details will be posted 48 hours in advance under Public Notices on the City's website.  
  • Currently all meetings are being conducted in-person. Meetings are typically held at the Harbormaster's Office Conference  Room at 19 Harbor Loop. Please refer to the most updated agenda for final meeting location. 
  • Previously held virtual meetings have been recorded. Go to Past Remote Public Meetings on the City's website to view.


Agendas are available prior to Committee meetings.
Most Recent Agenda | All Agendas

Minutes are available once approved by the CFTA.
Most Recent Minutes | All Minutes



Current Committee of the Arts Ordinance (PDF)

2005 Policy Handbook Proposal (PDF)

WAC Report for Murals