Recognizing the importance of the arts in a vibrant community, the Town of Barnstable established the HyArts District to enhance and enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors by coordinating and supporting activities promoting arts and culture.
Art-Full Days 2018
Festivals, free concerts, interactive talks and activities, live performances, comedy shows, art and more: the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District has something for everyone.
The HyArts Shanties provide local artists a unique, affordable harbor-front location to create and sell their work. The program expanded in 2018 to include three new shanties.
Main Street, Hyannis
With its pedestrian friendly sidewalks, outdoor cafes, seasonal décor, events, and museums, Hyannis Main Street is the ideal destination for your Cape Cod experience.
Exploring Downtown Hyannis? Park in any of these lots and walk to Hyannis Harbor, Aselton Park, both HyArts Shanty locations, the HyArts Campus, Hyannis Village Green, Main Street, museums, shops, restaurants, and more!
About HyArts Cultural District
The success of the HyArts District is rooted in a series of arts related strategies which enlivened the economic climate in downtown Hyannis by investing time and resources into underutilized areas, establishing an economic cluster as an important backdrop for year round residents and visitors.
2005 HyArts Shanties Seven artist shanties were constructed on the harbor front. These shanties offer local artists an affordable location to create and sell their work. The artists receive marketing support from the Harbor Your Arts program.
2006 Aselton Park The rehabilitation of an underutilized grassy area into an outdoor performing arts center was completed and includes the award winning public art installation “Buoyed Coasts”. The area now provides a venue for ongoing entertainment along the harbor and affords tremendous exposure for local musicians and actors.
2007 HyArts Campus Two homes were purchased on Pearl Street, adjacent to Main Street, and renovated by the Town into artist live/work and shared studio/gallery space. These properties encompass the backbone of the downtown arts district. The campus includes the Guyer Barn- a year round community art space, working artist studio and professional artist gallery supporting and promoting the arts through exhibits, education and performances.
In May of 2012, the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District received its official state designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It was the first cultural district designated on Cape Cod and the seventh in the state to be named. The concentration of cultural, economic and historic resources coupled with a strong community commitment to further enhance the vitality of the area, met all criteria for the state designation.
A strong creative economy provides the opportunity to capitalize upon regional dollars with an area unified and transformed into a distinct arts destination. This cultural district continues to increase the value of the arts in the community through the cultivation of diverse new audiences and keeps consumers coming back throughout the year. District branding and cultural activities such as historic walking and art gallery tours, artist shanties and work studios, classes, workshops and exhibits serve to attract visitors to the area. Future plans also include the creation of a multi-use cultural center which will become the backbone of the arts district and will complement and enhance arts and culture initiatives in downtown Hyannis.
The Town of Barnstable has a long-established commitment to making arts and culture an important facet of the town’s economic development strategy as the Arts are often undervalued for the contribution they play in a stable, well educated, vibrant community. The benefits of state designation are numerous. In addition to state wide and national marketing opportunities, the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District and the Barnstable Village Cultural District work with the MCC and community partners to further develop current arts related economic development strategies, including encouraging business, job growth and expanding tourism.
Other Cultural Districts
If you have enjoyed the Barnstable and Hyannis Cultural Districts, we recommend exploring other nearby cultural districts:
Cape & Islands:
Aquinnah Circle Cultural & Historic District, Aquinnah
Nantucket Cultural District, Nantucket
Orleans Village Center Cultural District, Orleans
Glass Town Cultural District, Sandwich
Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District, Vineyard Haven