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The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to offering a wide range of arts and cultural activities to enrich the lives of its residents and visitors. We invite you to enjoy our public art tours, concerts and movies in the park, visit our historical park, and much more.


►  Heritage Park - The Cultural Center

►  Public Art 

►  Bay Jammin’ Concert & Cinema Series


Holiday Tamale-Making Demonstrations

We invite you to the historic Galván House in Heritage Park to watch and learn how to make tamales. Learn about the tradition, techniques and cooking tips at our popular seasonal cooking demonstration. Two classes will be offered on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

REGISTRATION: Cost is $10 per person which includes the demonstration, recipes, and food samples. Seating is limited to 30 participants, so register early to secure your place. 
Read News Release for more details.


Open Call for Art Grants 2020

The City of Corpus Christi’s Arts & Cultural Commission has issued an Open Call for Arts Grant 2020 applications to arts organizations whose programs or services demonstrate cultural significance for the community and will stimulate the local business economy by attracting visitors to Corpus Christi. Applications are for matching grants of up to $15,000. 

Deadline to apply is 5 pm on Friday, October 25, 2019.
► Art Grants 2020 Guidelines (PDF file)
► Art Grants 2020 Application Packet (PDF file)
► Workshop attendance is required for first-time applicants and those who scored below 80 in a previous application (see news release below for schedule).
News Release offers more details.


Star Awards Presented at 2019 Arts Forum

On September 12, the City of Corpus Christi’s Arts & Cultural Commission hosted its sixth annual Arts Forum  at the Art Museum of South Texas.

The private event gave past recipients the opportunity to honor outstanding arts and cultural volunteers with a Star Award. The 2019 Shining Star Award was presented to John Joseph Nelson for his 30-year contribution to the Bay Jammin’ Concert Series. 

Read News Release for more details.


Announcement of the Art Grants 2019 Recipients

On February 26, the City of Corpus Christi’s Arts & Cultural Commission recognized the 2019 Arts Grant recipients prior to the City Council meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall. These grants support arts and cultural projects that make our city a more attractive cultural destination to visitors. ► News Release offers more details.

To learn more about this grant, review the Art Grants 2019 Guidelines and Application Form (pdf file).




Non-profit 501c(3) or tax-exempt organizations that provide arts programs and activities within the City of Corpus Christi are invited to apply for an Arts Grant. Funding for this is provided by Hotel- Occupancy Taxes and must be used in accordance with the Hotel Occupancy Tax Texas Tax Code Chapter 351 to directly promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry and promote the arts. The Arts Grant program runs from January 1 to December 31. Applications and Grant Workshops are available during the fall. 




The Arts & Cultural Commission is made up of nine Commissioners appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council, recommends the use, location, donation or purchase, conservation and promotion of works of art to be considered a part of the City’s Public Art Collection. The Commission also oversees the Arts Grant Program and provides opportunities for local arts organizations to recognize arts volunteers at an annual Arts Forum. 

SERVE OUR CITY: The City of Corpus Christi Arts & Cultural Commission is comprised of citizens who provide guidance and advice on the Public Art Program, the Public Art Collection, and the Arts Grants. We invite interested individuals to serve on the Learn more about the Arts & Cultural Commission by applying online


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Phone: (361) 826-PLAY