The purpose of the City of Gastonia Arts Committee is to contribute to the advancement of the arts, to be a patron of visual and performing arts in the City of Gastonia, and to provide equitable educational forums to residents to catalyze and encourage public artistic expression. The Committee will: (1) Encourage and promote mediums of artistic expression within the city of Gastonia; (2) Assemble and support programs that contribute to the beautification of the City of Gastonia; (3) Identify potential art projects and sites; (4) Provide opportunities for local artists to showcase their work for the betterment of the City of Gastonia; (5) Coordinate with individuals, firms, institutions, and organizations that seek to implement activities and programs that support the City of Gastonia's initiative to increase artistic expression within the city; (6) Prepare both basic and tailored initiatives for arts within the City that involve both current and prospective arts centered organizations; (7) Coordinate with developers to include public art in their developments; and (8) Devise ways to make policies and procedures inclusive of the arts.
The Citizens Advisory Board was established in accordance with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizen Participation Plan. The purpose of the Citizen Participation Plan shall be to set forth a program by which citizens will be provided with an adequate opportunity to participate in an advisory role in planning, implementing and assessing the Community Development Program for the City of Gastonia. The provisions of this Citizen Participation Plan shall apply to activities presently being undertaken as well as to all future activities of the Community Block Grant Program. This board meets on the 1st Monday of each month.
FARMERS MARKET ADVISORY BOARD
The Gastonia Farmer’s Market Advisory Board is the official liaison between the Gastonia City Council and the citizens of Gastonia. This board also serves as the official oversight and guidance to the Farmer’s Market Association which is responsible for the day to day operation of the Gastonia Farmer’s Market. This board meets quarterly on the 3rd Tuesday.
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
The Gastonia Historic District Commission is made up of seven (7) volunteers-residents within the City Limits of Gastonia appointed by the Gastonia City Council. The purpose of the Commission is to establish procedures for organizing the business of the Commission and processing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for: Any changes in the exterior appearance of existing buildings, structures, signs or appurtenant features; Construction or erection of new buildings, structures, signs or appurtenant features; and For moving or demolition of existing structures within the designated historic district. The Historic District Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 181 South Street.
HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
KEEP GASTONIA BEAUTIFUL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The primary objective of the Planning Commission is to develop and maintain a continuing, cooperative planning program to benefit the residents of the City of Gastonia. The purposes of the Planning Commission include making studies of the City and its environs, determine objectives to be sought in the development of the areas under study, prepare and recommend plans for achieving these objectives, develop and recommend policies, ordinances, administrative procedures, and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner, among other duties. The Planning Commission meets the first Thursday after the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 181 South Street.
The Recreation Advisory Commission serves as an advisory board on issues about the operation of the Recreation Department. The Commission meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of the month (February, May, August, November) at 5:30 PM in the Council Conference Room 201 at City Hall, 181 South Street.
SCHIELE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Schiele Museum of Natural History is committed to inspiring curiosity and understanding of science and the natural world through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and research. The Schiele Museum Board of Trustees meets at 4:00pm every other month on the third Thursday in the North Carolina Hall of the museum.
SISTER CITIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Sister Cities Board of Directors fosters and promotes mutual understanding between people of the Gastonia area and foreign countries. We seek to achieve this mission through: partnerships with education, culture, economic development and shared dialogue. This board meets every other month on the 1st Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Garland Municipal Business Center Room 131 (July, September, November, January, March, May). For further information about this board, contact Juliann Lehman at 704-869-1938.
The Stormwater Commission serves as a platform for citizens to voice their opinions, concerns and advise. The Commission also prioritizes funding for the Stormwater Off Right-of-Way Program. This board meets the third Thursday every other month at the Municipal Operations Center at 1300 N. Broad Street.
The mission of the Gastonia Tree Advisory Commission, which consists of 7 members with a majority of whom shall be residents of the city, is to achieve community-wide recognition that trees and landscaping are an integral part of our quality of life, and it is the responsibility of all residents to provide for and protect our urban forest environment. The Gastonia Tree Advisory Commission serves to advocate for the preservation and ongoing renewal of Gastonia’s urban forest and landscape; to educate the residents of Gastonia about the importance of trees and landscaping as they pertain to our quality of life; and, to advise and support City Council and assist City leaders on issues affecting Gastonia's urban forest. The City of Gastonia Tree Advisory Commission also reviews and makes recommendations regarding the Tree Ordinance.