The HYArts district nurtures and celebrates the creativity and talent of established and emerging Cape Cod artists.

About HyArts

HyArts Cultural District History

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.

HyArts Shanties

Prior to the creating of the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, the Town of Barnstable introduced the Hyannis HyArts artist shanties at Hyannis Harbor in the summer of 2005.  This was a key component of the downtown Hyannis revitalization initiative to support the creative economy and foster economic growth by providing local artists a unique, affordable harbor-front location to create and sell their work. This program was widely acclaimed as a welcome addition to Hyannis Harbor and continues today to be well received by Cape residents, visitors, and the arts and culture community.


HyArts Campus

The Town’s visual arts program has continued to expand over the years, including a campus of town-owned properties at the corner of Pearl and South Streets in Hyannis. In 2007 the Town acquired two run down properties on Pearl Street and converted them to artist live and work space. From this humble beginning, a campus of buildings that provide living, work and gallery space has been developed as part of the Shirley Blair Flynn Center for the Creative Arts. The campus includes the historic Guyer Barn, Gallery Artrio and Bass River Pottery and Studio 46.


Public Art

The Town has actively pursued and initiated the installation of various public art pieces in the downtown and waterfront areas of Hyannis.  For example, visitors to Hyannis harbor can enjoy the seasonal public art installation, Buoyed Coasts, which consists of 50 lobster buoys mounted on 12’-19’ poles in ornamental grass beds. The buoys frame the harbor and create a display of color, light and kinetic motion drawing activity and attention to Aselton Park. Buoyed Coasts was awarded the Honor Award by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.  In addition, Barnstable has actively pursued and initiated the installation of various public art pieces in the downtown and waterfront areas of Hyannis, creating the HyArts DISTRICT’s beautiful Walkway to the Sea.


Performing Arts

The Town expanded in 2006 to include the performing arts. The Performing Arts program provides family entertainment around downtown Hyannis including at Bismore Park/Artist Shanites, Hyannis Village Green and at Aselton Park, a beautiful waterfront location on Hyannis harbor.


Main Street, Hyannis

Hyannis Main Street is the Hub of Cape Cod. With its pedestrian friendly sidewalks and cross walks, outdoor cafes and dining, seasonal décor, events, museums and Walkway to the Sea, Hyannis Main Street is the ideal destination for your Cape Cod experience.

Visit the numerous speciality shops and restaurants along Main Street Hyannis featuring galleries, speciality shops, venues with musical offerings, and over 45 restaurants.  Many galleries, restaurants, and shops feature local Cape Cod artists.  

For a full list and map of Main Street Hyannis, visit



The Town has partnered with many local and regional arts organizations to establish the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District as a regional center for the creative and performing arts.  Collaborations include: the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cape Cod Art Association, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, JFK Museum, Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Barnstable.



Beyond HyArts: Town of Barnstable Villages

Hyannis is the largest of seven thriving villages that make up the Town of Barnstable, one of fifteen towns that make up Barnstable County, on Cape Cod. Each of our seven villages has its own unique ambiance, cultural history, and vibrant arts community. The Hyannis HyArts Cultural District supports and promotes the venues and events that showcase the talent and creativity of our sister villages, and the extended Cape Cod arts community.

Other Cultural Disticts

If you've enjoyed the Barnstable and Hyannis Cultural Districts, we recommend exploring other nearby cultural districts:

Aquinnah Circle Cultural & Historic District, Aquinnah
New Bedford Cultural District, New Bedford
Nantucket Cultural District, Nantucket
Orleans Village Center Cultural District, Orleans
Plymouth Bay Cultural District, Plymouth
Glass Town Cultural District, Sandwich
Scituate Harbor Cultural District, Scituate
Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District, Vineyard Haven