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Mid-Cape Cultural Council

The Mid-Cape Cultural Council promotes and supports the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit people in the towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth. The Town of Barnstable is our fiscal agent. Our Barnstable Town Hall liaison is Melissa Hersh, Arts & Culture Coordinator, Growth Management Dept., 508/862-4767.

We welcome any community based, cultural proposal benefiting either or both of the towns we serve. We encourage proposals that are innovative, result from collaborations among individuals or organizations, and leverage additional funds from other sources.

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for artists who want to create new work for a public art walk in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. See News and Events below for the "Call to Artists."

Cultural nonprofits and artists located in Barnstable or Yarmouth may be included in our Mid-Cape Cultural Directory by creating or updating their profile in the CreativeGround database managed by New England Foundation for the Arts. Click here and add Mid-Cape Cultural Directory in the section, Affiliations and Accomplishments, under professional associations.

Council Members: Marlene Weir (Chair), Becky Lawrence (Co-Chair), Elise McMullin (Secretary), Rachel Youngling (Treasurer), Barbara Adams, Joel Chaison, Suzanne Finney, Marilyn Heberling, Beth Higgins, Georgia Kreth and Jeanmarie O'Clair.

News & Events

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EXCITING NEWS: RFQ for new public art walk in Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. The Call to Artists is below. Submissions are due on April 11, 2016 To learn more about the arts in the Town of Barnstable, including the most recent public art installation on the Hyannis HyArts Campus,. click here

Submit button to apply will go live on Feb. 22:


The Mid-Cape Cultural Council (MCCC), in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable (TOB), is developing a new public art walk within the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. MCCC, a partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, will commission up to five works of art to define the trail.

The Project:

Hyannis HyArts Discovery Walk

We will map a trail around interactive artworks sited within Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. Visitors will discover the artworks by chance or by following clues to be found in assorted interpretive materials and/or phone apps. We are seeking artworks that invite interaction and spark imagination. Visitors, especially families with children, will be encouraged to walk in, over, under or through the artworks, sit on them, create sounds with them, move various parts to reveal images, objects or text, or touch them to experience different textures and generally to experience the sites where the artworks are placed from a fresh perspective. When walkers find the artworks, they will be asked to share photos of themselves with the artworks on social media.

Request for Qualifications

This RFQ is being issued for the project’s Phase 1/Design. Based on the number of qualifying submissions, we will select up to five artists to develop design proposals for specific sites. If fewer than five artists are selected, we reserve the right to work with one or more of those selected to develop designs for one or more of the five sites along the proposed walk. Note: If no submissions qualify via this RFQ, MCCC reserves the right to reassign the funds to its FY17 grant program.

Awards: Range from $200 each to five artists or artist teams up to $1000 for one artist or artist team for developing 1-5 design proposals. Read to end of this “call to artists” for more information on the implementation phase, including additional funding.

Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2016 by midnight EST (online submissions only)

Guidelines for Submissions

Who may apply?

All professional artists over 18-years-old, including visual artists working in any medium, architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, and other art makers, are eligible to apply. Visual artists may collaborate with each other or with artists in other disciplines such as poets and musicians and apply as a design team. Artists that live and work on Cape Cod, year-round or seasonally, will have priority.

Criteria for Selection:

• Degree of interest in creating interactive artworks for this project (cover letter)
• Experience with or openness to working on commissioned art projects that require paying attention to the environmental, cultural and historic context of the site and working within safety and engineering constraints (cover letter/resume)
• Ability to create durable, low maintenance artworks for year-round outdoor display (cover letter/resume/work samples)
• Skill, originality and creativity (work samples)

See last page of this call to artists to find out what to expect, if selected, and timeline.

How to Apply

We are only accepting online submissions through The online form will ask for the following:

• Contact information: Name, Address, Phone, email, website for you and your collaborator if you are applying as an artist team

• One-page cover letter stating your interest in this project and how you would meet the challenges it presents

• Brief bio/resume

• 5 examples of past work (jpegs)

• An annotated list showing the artwork’s title, medium/materials, dimensions, date completed, location, cost, and whether purchased or commissioned



For more information on the sites and what to expect if you are selected to develop a design proposal, scroll down.

Please email Project Coordinator Becky Lawrence for more information about this project:

For technical assistance with the online submission, contact directly via its web site

The Sites

Five locations within the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District have been identified for the artworks. The walk will extend between Pleasant St. Park, east of the Maritime Museum, and the Hyannis HyArts Campus at the corner of Pearl and South streets. The specifics of sites within those areas will be identified in concert with selected artists.

Locations for proposed artworks:

1-Pleasant Street Park, east of Cape Cod Maritime Museum
2-Aselton Park (near the harbor)
3-Walkway to Sea—close to Village Green
4-Landscaped area in front of Armory, South Street
5-HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl and South streets

Specific sites within these locations will be determined in concert with selected artists and the Town of Barnstable.

For more information about the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, Click here.

If Selected, What to Expect:

Phase 2/Implementation: Selected artists must complete design proposals for site-specific, permanent art installations by November 14, 2016. The proposal should include: artist statement, artwork concept, proposed installation plan, itemized budget, supporting media (computer generated images, photos, sketches, renderings, video or sound recordings, or models). The supporting media and explanatory printed materials will be publicly exhibited in Barnstable Town Hall and online to invite public comment. Design proposals will be used by MCCC for its “Adopt an Artwork” fundraising campaign. Artists may be asked to participate in making presentations. The Town may use the designs to promote the project.

We plan to raise at least $15,000 and up to $25,000 from public and private sources. The total amount raised will be applied to the artist fees, fabrication and installation of the artworks. For planning purposes, this translates to about $2500-$5000 per artwork. MCCC reserves the right to negotiate with selected artists to adjust the original design proposals as necessary due to funding, engineering and safety requirements, concerns about the environmental or historic characteristics of the site, or other unforeseen issues that may affect implementation of the designs. The completed artworks will become the property of MCCC/TOB. MCCC/TOB may reproduce images of the artworks only for promotional or educational use. Copyright remains with the artist. We anticipate installing the artworks in early 2018 for year-round exhibit.


2016 • April—Arts/Site Advisory committee reviews submissions

• May 11—Mid Cape Cultural Council, at its regular monthly public meeting, reviews committee’s recommendations, determines, and announces $1000 in total awards to selected artists

• May-October—
o Selected artists develop design concepts into shareable presentations.
o MCCC mounts “Adopt an Artwork” Fundraising Campaign.

• November 14—Design Proposals Due from Selected Artists

• November-December-- Exhibit of designs in Barnstable Town Hall and online. Presentation to Town Council.


• MCCC meets fundraising goal of $15,000-$25,000

• MCCC/TOB contracts with artists for fabrication and installation of artworks

• TOB/MCCC develops interpretive signage/maps

Spring/Summer 2018—Celebratory “unveiling” of artworks and new Hyannis HyArts Discovery Walk

Tides by Steve Kemp is the newest public art installation in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. We are seeking new interactive artworks for a public art Discovery Walk throughout the district.

One of three figurative bronze sculptures in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District done in classic style.

Contact Us

Mid-Cape Cultural Council
Marlene Weir

GMD, FL 3, ATT: Melissa Hersh
Town Hall, 367 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601-3907

primary 508/428-6746
secondary 508/662-4767


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