Sparkly tree lights and local artwork along Hyannis Main Street!
Work has begun to string tree lights along Hyannis Main Street’s mile long street. Hyannis Main Street’s, “Dress up Downtown” creative placemaking project includes year-round tree lights, a wall mural and nine painted utility boxes along the street and towards Hyannis Harbor. The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID) in collaboration with the Town of Barnstable led this effort in the heart of the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. The campaign celebrates the stories of downtown Hyannis and waterfront by integrating art into unexpected spaces enhancing the vitality and attractiveness of this ‘urban’ center.
This project is a playful way to creatively connect the dots from the harbor front to the Main Street mile, utilizing art to activate spaces, create a sense of rhythm and movement, support the creative sector and provide a vibrant backdrop for residents and visitors alike.
Five local artists with special connections to Hyannis and Cape Cod are painting a total of 9 utility boxes along Main Street and cross streets. Artists include:
Mary-Ann Agresti, Vinnie Arnone, Tim Ellis Cole, Mellissa Morris and Amy Neill.
Mary Ann Agresti and Jackie Reeves are also creating a mural along the well-travelled public walk at 362 Main Street. Inspired by the natural transitions between dense vegetation and the open shore that we all enjoy on the Cape, the two artists will collaboratively create an abstracted landscape from the diverse imagery of sea, land, creatures and plants.
Elizabeth Wurfbain, Executive Director of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID) contributed funds from the BID board and the community at last year’s BID annual fundraiser to help fund this project. In addition Elizabeth Wurfbain worked with Mass Development and the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity and The Commonwealth Places to raise additional funds for the Dress Up Downtown Campaign. The BID was provided a grant match opportunity from Mass Development if the BID could raise $15,000 dollars in one month “We exceeded our expectations! The community came together”, says Wurfbain, “from local residents, non-profit organizations (The Lorusso Foundation created an additional match and The Hyannis Rotary became a leading donor) and local Cape merchants we are so pleased with the enthusiasm and grass roots participation in this effort. We are looking forward to Phase 2!”
For more information on the project www.HyannisMainStreet.com