Calling All Artists: Applications For Artist Shanty Program Now Available

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The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2022 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.

Applications are received on rolling basis until all spots are filled. Applications received by Nov. 1 of each year are reviewed for first round consideration for the following season. Remaining spaces are filled based on need and availability. 

Applications can be downloaded from

Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis and steps away at the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean St., at the corner of South and Ocean streets, overlooking Aselton Park and Hyannis Harbor.   

The expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program to two locations creates an additional attraction for visitors walking from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor through the Hyannis Village Green along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, and at the same time provides affordable selling space and increased exposure for local artists and artisans.

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts-oriented strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors.  Work is handmade or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, woodcarving, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work, literary art, mixed media, and more.   

The shanties are open weekends May through mid-June; seven days a week mid-June through the end of September; October weekends and special holiday events in November and December.