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

About the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties

Now accepting applications for the 2018 HyArts Shanty Season to fill a few remaining openings for the 2018 season.

Click here for the 2018 HyArts Shanty Application 


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 Center (CCAC), 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. 


Click Here for the 2018 Application


Application FAQs:


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.  
The shanty program is an ‘incubator program’ for artists to work and sell in an affordable and unique studio and gallery space .  The location provides prime visibility and opportunity to gain and improve business and marketing skills and generate revenue from handmade and hand crafted artwork. 

Each year is a new year; prior participation does not mean automatic acceptance into the program Amount of time at shanties for each artist varies year to year.
This is NOT a craft show.  The town, “sets the table” –you bring the meal!


Multiple artists may share a shanty but they all must separately apply and be accepted.  Please indicate this on your application.  If you would like to share but dont have someone to share with indicate this on the applicaton and we will see if there are other artists willing to share their week  Artists sharing the shanties shall coordinate payments and submit ONE check as deposit and ONE as balance due.


Artists must be a Cape Cod resident; each artist’s work must be juried in order to ensure the quality and variety of work offered. All pieces must be original hand-crafted and unique. 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. Artists must complete an application and be juried/accepted into the program on a yearly basis. The amount of time allotted for each artist varies from year to year.

Applications to be considered for first-round placement are due by close of business, the fourth Friday in October each year.
Jury of artists will be conducted following this date and the decision on all applications received from the October submission date will be made no later than December 31st of each year.
There is a rolling application/jury process for all remaining openings.  As received artists will be juried and placed if there are remaining openings otherwise they will be added to the waiting list for the upcoming season.


Artists must have insurance to participate in the program.  

Upon acceptance into the shanty program, artist must submit proof of insurance with their signed contract.

All Licensees are required to carry commercial general liability insurance, and to submit a Certificate of Insurance, naming Town of Barnstable, as an additional insured.

There are many reasonably priced options for artists participating in venues such as the shanties and other festivals and fairs as stand-alone short-term policy, or as a rider on your homeowners or business owners insurance. All Insurance certificates are due with your signed contract and/or by the balance due payment. The Town of Barnstable does not support or endorse any particular company or agent. We have heard from many artists  about a cost effective and simple to use policy for artists and crafters through ACT Insurance at  Some information about insurance for artists is found here:


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

Planning & Development Department
367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601


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


A jury of artists will meet in November and December for reivew for all applications received by the 4th Friday October due date.  
Applicants who met this first deadline will be notified no later than December 31st of each year. 

There is a rolling application/jury process for all remaining openings (if any) for the upcoming season after first round applicants have been placed.   
For submissions after the first deadline:  artists will be notified that their application has been received and timeline for jury review and possible placement or wait list. 

Shanty Cost FAQs:



50% of contract fee is due by February 1st with the signed contract and balance due in full, by March 1st of each calendar year.  
Artists assigned shanties after March 1st will pay FULL amount with contract.
Artists sharing the shanties shall coordinate payments and submit ONE check as deposit and ONE as balance due.

Shanty Operation FAQs:


May thru Mid June:  Shanties are open Friday thru Sunday 11 am - at least 6 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.


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.

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.  
Bismore Park location-permit parking is on Bay Street.   Walkway-to-the-Sea location is the Ocean Street lot (behind the Village Green town bandstand).                                          

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 and visit the shanties to take pictures and measurements.


Click Here for the 2018 Application

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