Through this initiative we learn about the Barnstable business climate and
share the Town’s goals and planning initiatives. Most importantly we engage in open and honest discussion about how Barnstable fares at being “Open for Business”. This cornerstone communication strategy is a top priority.
Arts and Culture:
The town of Barnstable recognizes arts and culture as key economic
to the vibrancy of the area and provide an important backdrop and
enriching experiences year round for residents and visitors. Each of the
seven villages features art, culture and historic gems, all with seaside
of the villages, Hyannis and Barnstable Village have state designated
cultural districts. The Hyannis HyArts Cultural District,
first state designated cultural district on Cape Cod and Barnstable
Village focus the town and community partners on the common goals to
attract artists, cultural and creative enterprises; encourage business
and job retention and creation; further establish the district as a
tourist destination; preserve and reuse historic buildings; enhance
property values; and foster local cultural development.
The Hyannis HyArts Cultural District in
downtown Hyannis is home to local artists with seaside shanties, year
round artist studios and galleries, free events all year
including theater and musical performances alongside Hyannis Harbor, art
walks, open studios, art festivals and much more. These initiatives are
key components to the success of the revitalization of downtown Hyannis
and have stimulated collateral private development on Pearl and North
Streets. It has become a live/work/play area for residents and a true
destination for visitors.
The success of the HyArts District is rooted in a
series of arts related strategies which enlivened the economic climate
in downtown Hyannis by investing time and resources into underutilized
areas, establishing an economic cluster as an important backdrop for
year round residents and visitors.
The Town and several local and regional
organizations, including the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement
District (BID), the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC), the Cape
Cod Art Association (CCAA) and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC)
and in consultation with the Cape Cod Chamber, continue to work
cooperatively to provide resources to the arts community while fostering
economic growth and establishing Hyannis as a regional center for
creative and performing arts.
In 2005, seven
artist shanties were constructed on the harbor front. These shanties
offer local artists an affordable location to create and sell their
work. The artists receive marketing support from the Harbor Your Arts
The rehabilitation of an underutilized grassy area
into an outdoor performing arts center was completed in 2006 and
includes an award winning public art installation named, “Buoyed
Coasts”. The area now provides a venue for ongoing entertainment along
the harbor and affords tremendous exposure for local musicians and
actors. Bordering the performing arts venue on Pleasant Street is a
town-owned and maintained park. Pleasant Street Park provides easy
access to the state run ferries and has helped to increase foot traffic
by extending the Walkway to the Sea from the harbor front to Main
Street. Over two million people use the Walkway each year drawing
thousands of travelers from the ferries to the shops and restaurants
along Main Street.
In 2007, two homes were purchased on Pearl Street,
which is adjacent to Main Street, and renovated by the Town into artist
live/work and shared studio/gallery space. These properties encompass
the backbone of the downtown arts district, which also consist of
private enterprises such as a gelato shop and local charter high school.
On the same arts campus as
the Pearl Street properties is the Guyer Barn, a showcase for emerging
and established artists. It is a year round community art space,
working artist studio and professional artist gallery supporting and
promoting the arts through exhibits, education and performances.
In May of 2012, the HyAnnis HyArts Cultural
District received its official state designation from the Massachusetts
Cultural Council. It is the first cultural district designated on Cape
Cod and was, at the time, the seventh in the state to be named. The
concentration of cultural, economic and historic resources coupled with
a strong community commitment to further enhance the vitality of the
area, met all criteria for the state designation. The District
includes Main Street Hyannis and the harbor front area. The
website and facebook page promote the district.
A strong creative economy provides the opportunity
to capitalize upon regional dollars with an area unified and transformed
into a distinct arts destination. This cultural district continues to
increase the value of the arts in the community through the cultivation
of diverse new audiences and keeps consumers coming back throughout the
year. In March of 2014, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board
of Directors voted unanimously to designate Barnstable Village as a
Cultural District. It is the second district within the town of
Barnstable, (only the second town in the state to have two districts) .
It was the fourth on Cape Cod and the 20th in the state to be
designated. This designation helps to enhance and grow the already
successful arts and culture programs and events in Barnstable Village as
well as in collaboration with the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District.
The Town of Barnstable has a long-established
commitment to making arts and culture an important facet of the town’s
economic development strategy as the Arts are often undervalued for the
contribution they play in a stable, well educated, vibrant community.
The benefits of state designation are numerous. In addition to state
wide and national marketing opportunities, the Hyannis HyArts Cultural
District and the Barnstable Village Cultural District work with the MCC
and community partners to further develop current arts related economic
development strategies, including encouraging business, job growth and
smaller but equally as vibrant arts communities in each of the seven
villages of the Town of Barnstable. The town is home to the Cape Cod
Symphony, Cape Cod Conservatory, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Numerous museums, theaters, performance spaces, historical societies and
places of historical significance are plentiful in the seven villages.
Knitting together the arts and cultural assets among all seven towns
remains a top priority within the town’s economic development agenda.
Website: www.artsbarnstable.com; www.hyartsdistrict.com;
Village Cultural District