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

About the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties

More Information and FAQs

HyArts Artist Shanty History and Mission

In 2005, the Town of Barnstable designed and built a boardwalk and installed seven artist shanties to serve as affordable, unique studio and gallery space for local artists and artisans. The shanty program, an integral component of the HyArts District summer program, has flourished and continues to grow each year, garnering overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the arts community and residents and visitors.

Since it’s inception this arts program has been a successful venue for participating artists. In the first season 11 artists collectively earned over $80,000.  In 12 seasons (through 2016) the collective earnings of  600 artists is over one million dollars.  The program is designed to support arts and culture in downtown Hyannis with the ultimate goal of increasing visitors to the harbor area and downtown. Over 800,000  visitors have visited the shanties since 2005.

Through prior funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant and programming support from our  Hyannis HyArts Cultural District  partners, hundreds of artists have enjoyed increased sales and recognition through their participation in the artist shanty program.  The success of this program continues today, and we thank local and regional media outlets and our cultural district partners including the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), Cape Cod Art Association (CCAA), Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), Cape Cod Maritime Museum, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, and value the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce promotional support. 


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Application FAQs:

Who Can Apply to be a HyArts Shanty Artist?

Artists applying must be a Cape Cod resident with the Cape as their primary residence.  All pieces shown must be original hand-made or hand-crafted.  Items for sale CANNOT include food products or purchased items acquired for resale. Prior participants must reapply each year; participation in the program and the amount of time granted to each artist in the shanties varies year to year.

Can Artists Share a Shanty?

Two artists may share a shanty but both must separately apply and be accepted.  Please indicate this on your application.   Artists sharing the shanties shall coordinate payments and submit ONE check as deposit and ONE as balance due.

What is the Selection Process?

Each artist’s work must be juried in order to ensure the quality and variety of work offered. Any items not approved during the jury process must be approved by the Town of Barnstable’s Arts and Culture Coordinator prior to selling in the shanty. 

How do I Apply?

Click here to download an application  Submit application via email or regular mail to: Melissa Hersh, Arts and Culture Coordinator

Growth Management Department
367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

Applications are due by close of business, the fourth (4th) Friday in October each year.

When is the Deadline for the 2018 Season?

Deadline:  October 27, 2017  Each year, the first deadline for the season is the 4th Friday in October.  After this date, applications WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS and those juried into the program will be able to participate in the current season if any open spots or placed on a waiting list.

When Will I Hear Back?

A jury of artists will meet in November and December to decide on all applications received by the October due date.  Applicants who met this deadline will be notified by December 31st of each year. 

There is a rolling application/jury process for all remaining openings (if any) and/or to be added to the waiting list for the upcoming season.


Shanty Cost FAQs:

What is the Cost to Participate?

2017 License fee schedule:
Weekend artists:

$75.00 each weekend (Friday-Sunday).  Cost is the same for the Memorial Day weekend which inlcudes a four day weekend.
Payment is due in full with signed contract.
Weekly artists:
$235.00  for full weeks, June/July/August.  This fee includes one parking pass to use for the week.

$175.00 for first FULL week of September dates, through end of the month.

$100.00 for first FULL week of October through end of shanty season (Columbus Day).

Artists sharing the shanties shall coordinate payments and submit ONE check as deposit and ONE as balance due.

When is Payment Due?

A deposit of $135.00 is due by February 1st with the signed contract and balance due in full, by April 1st of each calendar year.


Shanty Operation FAQs:

When are the Artist Shanties Open?

May thru Mid June:  Shanties are open Friday thru Sunday 11 am - at least 8 pm.  This includes Monday Memorial Day.

Mid June thru September:  Shanties are open Monday thru Sunday 11 am - at least 8 pm including July 4 and Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day thru Columbus Day:  Shanties are open Monday thru Sunday 11 am - at least 6 pm including Labor Day and Columbus Day.

Each shanty must be staffed by a participating artist or assistant/friend/family member who knows the artists work well, during operating hours.

When do Artists Switch Shanties?

Shanties rotate each week with new artists coming in Monday morning and previous artists leaving Sunday night.  This allows us to have a large and diverse number of artists participate each season. Artists are responsible for moving their work out of the shanty and removing all nails/hooks at the end of the evening on Sunday. New artists may set up Monday morning prior to 11:00AM.

Where can I Park?
One parking pass is included in the rental fees.  A fee for the use of an additional parking pass for each week is $35.00.  All passes must be returned at the end of the week.                                               


What About Everything Else?

Town of Barnstable's Arts and Culture Coordinator will send you all the information you need on everything from how to unlock the shanty doors to shanty sales and marketing advice.  Every participating artist is emailed information before the season starts and is required to attend a mandatory meeting in the Spring to answer any further questions. 


Click Here for the 2018 Application


For more information contact: Melissa Hersh, Arts and Culture Coordinator, at 508-862-4767 or at