Photo credit: Marie Grady Palcic
Photo credit: Marie Grady Palcic

Main Street Hyannis is a mile long district of vibrant retail, restaurants, and cultural institutions in the heart of Cape Cod. The neighborhood is also the urban center of the Cape and home to the region’s major transportation hubs. As such, it is on the precipice of establishing itself as a walkable, transit-oriented neighborhood for year-round residents. There is incredible potential for future growth and with it, the emergence of a true identity for the neighborhood. Main Street is a dynamic place that is used by people from all walks of life. Through contemporary art, the Hyannis Residency Program seeks to make space to tell new stories about who lives and works on Cape Cod in celebration of the variety of perspectives, cultures, socio-economic statuses, and livelihoods. By illuminating the wide spectrum of perspectives that exist, we can bridge divides and help each other arrive at a more informed and empathetic understanding of the mosaic of individual stories within the community.

TDI is spearheading the cultural coalition that includes the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), the Town of Barnstable, The CapeBuilt Companies, The Design Initiative Inc, Architects, the Cordial Eye, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod are partnering to offer three artist residencies as a way to strengthen the cultural vibrancy of downtown Hyannis.

Funded by MassDevelopment’s Transformative District Initiative (TDI), the program will provide a $1,000 stipend for each artist who will spend three – four weeks developing a body of work that challenges existing narratives of life on Cape Cod.


To be announced!


Artists for the 2020 Program have been selected. Please read more.

There are three review requirements for the Hyannis Residency Program: craftsmanship, artistic quality, and creative ability as evidenced by the original work submitted. Residencies are awarded at the sole discretion of the review committee. Artists must be year round residents.  Artists have been selected for the Fall of 2020 session.

For Fall 2020, the three available spaces in the downtown Hyannis that have been generously donated by Mary Ann Agresti, Rob Brennan, and The Town of Barnstable Hy-Arts District.

The Studio | east end is a new interdisciplinary art space in Hyannis, located in a 100 yr old train maintenance building adjacent to the Transportation Center. As a permanent art space, 68 Center provides a printing studio that is equipped with both an etching press and a letterpress that are available for artist use. The longer term vision for this space, as social distancing allows, is to provide a center for artistic expression, teaching and independent work. This initial program would set the stage for this vision.

The newly historically rehabilitated building at 255 Main Street is located in the heart of East End Main Street Hyannis, directly across the street from the entrance of the Hyannis Transportation Center. The space also sits at a critical junction between a bustling Main Street corridor, the harbor, and the ferry to the islands. 255 Main is highly visible and what happens in the storefront windows will help set the tone for people’s experience when they arrive in Hyannis.

The HyArts Campus at 50 Pearl Street is dedicated to providing space for artists to experiment, create, share, and receive feedback. The building has functioned as a gallery and convening space and is situated next to additional buildings that are housing artists in residence outside of the scope of this project.

Contact Information:
Julie Wake, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod