Announcing the 2023 Newburyport Arts & Culture Shanty Program

What is this project?

The Newburyport Arts and Culture Shanties Program is a collaboration between Newburyport Arts Organizations, the City of Newburyport, and BLB Custom Builders. The project is funded through the Creative County Initiative, a partnership between the Essex County Community Foundation and the Barr Foundation.

The project seeks to provide a vibrant and historically-based centralized forum for local artists and artisans to collectively join together with the common mission of bringing locally made art to the North Shore region and beyond. By creating an organized artist colony, along with the provision of space to showcase, display, and sell, art, in various shapes and forms, this project aims to foster the growth of an artistically and culturally rich environment that would attract locals and tourists alike, as well as increase profits for artists and local businesses.

The goals of the Newburyport Arts & Culture Shanties are to help local artists/artisans and cultural organizations increase recognition and sales; act as a community-building forum through a common artistic mission; and increase traffic to local businesses


Where will this take place?

The project will be installed on a temporary basis in the Pop Up Park located on Merrimac Street.

When will this take place?

The project is scheduled to open in May and will remain through October 15. To begin, the Shanties will be open Friday through Sunday from 12pm-4pm

Who can participate?

Any artist or artistic organization within Essex County is welcome to apply for use of the Shanties. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Artists are juried and, if accepted, placed for the upcoming season.

How much does it cost?

There are four shanties that are 8’W x 6’D that are rented at $75/week
There is one larger shanty that is 12’W x 8’D that is rented at $100/week
*Please note that during Yankee Homecoming Week, the shanties have an additional $50 charge*

Any questions or comments please reach out to [email protected]