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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.

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), Elise McMullin (Secretary), Rachel Youngling (Treasurer), Barbara Adams, Joel Chaison, Suzanne Finney, Marilyn Heberling, Beth Higgins, Georgia Kreth, Jeanmarie O'Clair, and Kim Rumberger.

News & Events

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Watch for news on the new public art walk in Hyannis HyArts Cultural District being sponsored by us in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable. We are working with four artists to develop design proposals for site specific artworks: Mary-Ann Agresti, Sara J. Porter, Eric Kaiser and Michael J. Ferreira.

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 envision 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.

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.

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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.


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

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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