Artisan/Parks Initiative




By John W. Brown – Artisans Revival Coordinator

I. Creating an Arts and Cultural Foundation of Working Artist

II. Economic Impact on Newburyport

III. Ecological Impact from Merchant Community Gardens

IV. Historic Significance; The Revival of Mechanics Row  

I.  Creating an Arts/Cultural "Center" of Working Artist     The ultimate goal is multifaceted

  • Provide affordable space in prime retail areas for local artisans to produce and sell their goods.
  • Revenue received from artisan space rentals on a  basis, will then be regenerated into Restoration of the courtyards, tree beds and expanded gardens.
  • Stimulate and contribute to downtown shopping economics by drawing traffic and creating an arts & cultural destination point for tourist as well as the local community

    Newburyport has been in dire need of a ‘foundation’, an ‘artisans market place’, to define its working artist that make up the co creative community of Newburyport. 

In late 2013, Newburyport became the 19th community in the Commonwealth to receive a “Cultural Designation”. The Artisans Revival is a movement to reconnect “the spirit, soul and lifestyle of the 'true working artist' to that of the community, its culture, and history. It is a significant part of the foundation for a 'Cultural District' built on local, co-creative small business, sustainable economics, and ecology”.   By better utilizing the areas of Inn Street and its courtyards, the city can achieve its goal of providing local artisan space {City Master Plan of 2017}  in the heart of the Downtown Overlay District. 

Salem has its Artist Row.
Rockport has its' Bearskin Neck.
Gloucester has its' Art Colony.
Newburyport can have its' Artisans Market. 

II.  Economic Impact on Newburyport

  Over the past three years, beginning with its creation during Yankee Homecoming in 2016, the Inn Street Artisans Revival has demonstrated the viability of an ‘arts’ based, co creative, economic contributions to the brick and mortar retailers of the surrounding areas by conducting local art based shows and distinguishing between a more commercial and corporate sponsored festivals by declaring ‘commercial free zones’ on Inn Street. This is the foundation for an Inn Street Artisan Market.
   The cities festivals, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, have become synonymous with ‘commercial vending’ to the point in which retail outlets no longer see the benefits of an art based culture demographic. By doing so, we have deterred a vast number of visitors to the area that have come to see and expect such over the years.
   82% of Americans believe arts & culture are important to local businesses and the economy. 87% of Americans believe arts & culture are important to quality of life.*
* Source: Americans for the Arts 2016 survey of 3,020 adults by Ipsos Public AffairsAMERICANS FOR THE ARTS ; Established in 1960, is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Arts businesses are rooted locally— supporting jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. Arts & Economic Prosperity sends an important message to community leaders: Support for the arts is an investment in economic well-being and quality of life. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business!     More locally, we have the Essex County Community Foundation;
The Creative County Initiative (CCI) mobilizes our region's artists, arts organizations and community and business leaders to collectively enhance the quality of life in Essex County. Our vision is to increase the visibility and impact of the transformative power of arts and culture.  By doing this, we can:

  • Create a regional voice for arts and culture in Essex County. 
  • Transform our cities and towns by promoting the importance of arts and culture in community development. 
  • Increase arts and cultural experiences that celebrate diversity, bring about social equity and ensure inclusion for all in the arts. 
  • Support artists and the creative economy.
  • Elevate Essex County as a vibrant, creative place to live and work. 

III. Ecological Impact of Inn Street; Merchant Community Garden  

The Inn Street Artisan Market Proposal allows Newburyport the opportunity of designing and incorporating an Artisan Merchant Sponsored Community Garden by restoring its tree beds and expanding them into garden beds, based on the principles of Permaculture. Rain barrels could also be incorporated into the tiny studio structures.
This principle of gardening and greening could serve as an "urban model" for transforming a “brick and cement backdrop” (Palette) Inn Street into a garden like recreational/educational, and experiential area, designed to demonstrate the vital link between local sustainable ecology and local, co-creative arts based/culture economy.     By taking advantage of the layout, the area can be transformed into a garden like recreational area, designed to provide additional benches for sitting, creating a relaxed atmosphere within the market area itself.
 This vision of the Inn Street Artisan market has an opportunity to serve, expand and demonstrate as an alternative educational model for future movements to other urban city settings dedicated to a regional movement of sustainable communities invested in the arts, a local economy, and cultural engagement. 

IV Historic Significance of Mechanics Row

   As far back as the early 1700’s master craftsmen, cobblers, and the like, began operating and creating apprenticeships outside their own houses by building small dwellings as amendments to their homes. These small dwellings began to congregate on places like Mechanics Row and the Newburyport waterfront. This was the beginning of one of the greatest local industries that proliferated out of the entire New England region, the shoe industry.     On the eve of May 31st, 1811, a fire broke out in Newburyport in an ‘unoccupied horses stable” on ‘Mechanics Row”, which we now know as Inn Street. The fire wiped out over 16 acres and 250 buildings downtown, including all of Mechanics Row. At the time of the early 1800’s the term “Mechanics’ did not refer to automobiles or motor engines. Its referred to artisans, merchants, general laborers, or more specifically ‘architectural engineers”.      After the fire and due to the Brick Acts of 1811 and 1812 that stated, any building constructed over ten feet high needed to be made of brick and clay. These ‘small dwellings' congregated downtown, on the waterfront, and  began to proliferate up the river and beyond, was then on to become known as ‘ten footers’.     The Artisans Revival began three years ago to revive the local artisan and restore its role in a local co creative economy, at a time when surrounding developer business models do not support small business.
  Commercial and corporate sponsorship have replaced local art based culture oriented festivals. The local art scene that was once so prevalent in Newburyport has all but disappeared.
  By collaborating and integrating both a downtown and waterfront artisan program, the Newburyport Artisan Village could return to its inherent destiny and restore Mechanics Row literally from the ashes of over two hundred years of Newburyport’s history, and its major contributions to some of the most prominent industries of the country leading up to the Industrial Revolution.     This restoration project has the economic and cultural Trans-formative impact to not only rival the first urban restoration project of the 60’s and seventies, but in many ways, completes it.      The first federal urban restoration project that began in 1976 may have restored the buildings, but the Newburyport Artisan Village and the Restoration of Mechanics Row restores the spirit, soul, and lifestyle of the earliest artisans, merchants and craftsmen, the origins of which built a new nation.

 “America is the house of the individual soul and that soul is creative.That soul is an artist of reality." Dawn of a New Day"

Jon Rappaport 



This is a current update on the progress of an Artisans Revival proposal for a downtown Arts/Parks Village Initiative.

See Proposal Below.

The Artisans Revival was granted permits for up to four Artisan Chalets in November for a holiday show through January 15th, 2019.

An application was then submitted for a year round permit but was denied based on 'technicality's", while receiving Letters of Opposition by the Mayor, Kathleen Ives, and Lois Honniger stating a 'conflict of interest' to a coming Waterfront Shanty Program in June 2019.


Initial 'Special Event" application is simultaneously being submitted to the Newburyport City Council, the Parks Department, AND the License Commission. 

The application to the Parks Commission is seeking permits for six art shows to take place on Inn Street and its adjoining courtyards during the 2019 season, beginning on May 18th. The scheduled dates of the shows are attached to the application (See Home Page). The exhibits would consist of up to fifteen artisans utilizing ten by ten foot spaces for tents, canopies, and displays. As last year, these art shows are designed to be self maintained, mild, and generally laid back events, incorporated into the regular daily traffic of an average Newburyport weekend on Inn Street. These shows are NOT to be confused or compared to known ‘festivals’ in the area, as they will not require additional policing, food vending, musical, Board of Health permits ( OR COMMERCIAL VENDORS). 

Last year the Inn Street Artisan Revival group applied for and received permits for the main walkway on Inn Street, and produced seven art shows throughout the year as an experimental schedule. The shows were very relaxed and successful in many ways, while contributing to the creative, cultural, and economic environment of the community. Respect and intention was given to maintaining open space for recreational access to the Inn Street fountain area. This year we are seeking to do the same with access to the adjoining courtyards while creating a Parks Department revenue initiative for tree and bricking restoration projects. This initiative would be supported by artisan revenue contributions to be determined by the Parks Commission.

I am applying on behalf of the group as creator and coordinator of the Inn Street Artisans Revival (ISAR a group of local artists and crafts people of Newburyport) since 2016 when the first Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival (YHISAR) was created. As the coordinator of the Inn Street Artisans Revival, I am most familiar with Inn Street and have been managing my business and other related events there for many years. I have been a resident of Newburyport for the past fifteen years. I am an artist/photographer and business owner of the Spirit of Newburyport for thirteen years. I have held a transient vendors license for Inn Street for the past ten years. 

This project is aimed to benefit all as a win win for artisans, the city, the surrounding brick and mortar retail, as well as the reputation of Newburyport as a supporter and contributor to the local art community, which is dwindling greatly. 

Result of the March 21, 2019 Parks Commission meeting collectively designed an 8 point review plan to be incorporated over next thirty days and to reconvene in April for determining vote. More information and minutes will be released regarding this meeting as well as the 8 point review plan. 

April Parks commission meeting resulted in a partial endorsement of initiative but withheld issuing permits based on City Council approval. Special event application never made it to be heard by City council due to Department of Public Service refusal to 'sign off' on application and is now DOA in the Office of Lois Honnerger. Keep in mind that this application was previously APPROVED by CITY COUNCIL twice since 2017. To answer what has changed opens a pandora's box that few are willing to open.

After a request to be put back on the Parks Commission meeting in May to further discuss the issue, the Parks Commission meeting was canceled.

After an exhausting three month crash course in city government that included support letters from artisans, brick and mortar businesses, request to city councilman, Parks Director, and Licencing Board members for additional support involvement, opposition letters from the Mayors office has stymied any further movement of the following Arts/Parks initiative due to a 'conflict of interest' of a waterfront arts venue supposedly coming this summer.

An arts venue that was first proposed to City Ward Councillors, and many 'others', seven years ago on Inn Street by yours truly.

The Artisans Revival is NOT opposed to a waterfront arts venue. Quite the contrary. When first approached by the city's grant writer last May seeking funding for such a project via the ECCF, I submitted a letter of support on behalf of the  Artisans Revival thinking that a collaborative project between the 'seasonal' waterfront and 'year round' downtown artisans venue would be just the ticket for a win win successful program for all.

Seems the city and the Firehouse has a different perspective.

What we do NOT support is a waterfront arts venue at the EXPENSE of downtown artisans and the downtown brick and mortar businesses. 

Art is all inclusive.  To depend on a seasonal three month waterfront arts venue to create a 'centralized artist colony' at the expense of artisans and by isolating the downtown year round shopping district is not only self defeating, but a recipe for failure.

We are seeking collaboration, fairness, and to ensure success FOR ALL.

A modified application is being submitted in June.

The Artisans Revival is identified as the "public Artist" in the ECCF application for the Firehouse lead applicant. The following were the reasons given by the City and Firehouse for receiving Essex Creative Community Foundation funding for the waterfront shanty venue according to their initial ECCF application;

"This will meet goals stated in our 2017 Master Plan: Goal CR-2 - Increase awareness of Newburyport as a destination for arts, tourism, and cultural affairs; and Goal CR-3 - Support a rich variety of cultural opportunities and activities for all groups and individuals in the City. The Shanty Program will help local artists, artisans, and cultural organizations increase recognition and sales, and will increase visitors to Newburyport, thus increasing its reputation as a cultural destination.

Describe the expected outcomes of your project. What change(s) do you expect will result from your project?** Character Limit: 500

"The anticipated outcomes are: a positive cultural experience for those participating in the “community build” of the Shanties; increased recognition and sales for artists, artisans, and cultural organizations; increased number of visitors to the area; a creative way to use City-owned waterfront land; and an improved reputation as a cultural destination. Changes we expect will be a more attractive space; improved relations throughout the arts community and between the arts community and the City."

As of June 15, 2019, due to the mishandling and incompetence of the Mayors Office, the Office of Culture, Tourism and Arts, headed up by Lois Honneger, and the Firehouse Center of the Arts, (of which Lois Honneger is President of the Board), not only have they failed to achieve stated goals in their ECCF application, but succeeded in shutting down a thriving downtown Artisan Revival venue that has been established since 2016, resulting in even less opportunity for artisans AND the city.

The following is the Letter of Opposition submitted to the Parks Department by the Mayors Office and supported by ex- State Representative Kathleen O'Connor Ives and Lois Honneger in regards to the Artisans Revival application and proposal.

Mayors Letter of Opposition…/f…/downloads/mayorsletter_3.19.doc…

Talk about selfish, controlling, and arrogant motives, let alone a political highjack and hack job. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I first discussed a downtown artisan market to Kathleen Ives in 2009. Ten years ago. Officially proposed in 2012. And discussed with Jared Eigerman Ward 2 Councillor in 2015. Among others.

Artisan Market evolution documented on my website.…/the-artisans-m…/

Update to Artisan Village Proposal

See Proposal Below.

Best Regards,

John Brown

Artisans Revival Coordinator

Artist/ Owner Spirit of Newburyport since 2006

Holder of an INN ST Kiosk TVL since 2009





June 22, 2018

Creative County Initiative – Public Art or Creative Placemaking

Carol Lavoie Schuster

Vice President for Grants & Services

Essex county Community foundation

175 Andover Street, Suite 101

Danvers, MA 01923

Re: Newburyport Arts and Culture Shanty Program

Dear Ms. Lavoie Schuster, 

We are pleased to support Newburyport’s Arts and Culture Shanty Program and to serve as a community partner in this project. We believe the Shanties will improve the creative culture in Newburyport, enhance the waterfront area, and engage the entire community. They will provide affordable space for artists and artisans which is in short supply in Newburyport, and recognize the arts as a vital part of the local, co-creative, sustainable economy. 

Due to our substantial experience in artisan management and cultivation, our role as a community partner will be to help with artisan outreach and marketing, as well as utilization of the Shanty Program itself. The Shanties bring to mind Newburyport’s history as a fishing/clamming/shipping community; yet at the same time celebrate a culture that is supportive of the local, small business that embraces the arts and serves as a vital component of a ‘Historic Cultural District”. 

We are looking forward to being a part of this effort.


John W. Brown


Spirit of Newburyport

42 Federal Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

Artisans Revival Coordinator

Dear Lise,

I’m writing in response to the Mayor’s letter to the Parks Commission referring to the Creative Community art shanty’s on the waterfront and the Artisan Revival shanty’s and tent art shows on Inn St. The Mayor said “I find this in direct competition with the retailers on Inn Street as well as the Art Shanty Program”. I’m amused and disturbed at the same time about this statement because the only retailer on Inn Street that will be affected by other artists on Inn St. is my business, Sweethaven Gallery. Since the Mayor, nor anyone else for that matter, has ever consulted me on this issue, I don’t see how she could possibly make that statement. If other businesses were consulted, why was a business going into its 10th year left out?? The artists that would be on Inn St. will most likely not be selling high end women's clothing, ice cream, food or giving haircuts. They will be visual artists selling crafts, paintings, photographic prints, ceramics, wood working, etc., all of which do not compete with any other business on Inn Street, except me! I find the Mayor’s comment disingenuous, completely wrong and uninformed. As a photographer, artist and owner of the only gallery on Inn St. I am in complete agreement with having art shanty’s on Inn Street! Let me say that again, I AM IN COMPLETE AGREEMENT WITH HAVING ART SHATYS ON INN STREET! Artists on Inn Street won’t hurt my business, they will draw an art crowd, the very people that I depend upon that will patronize my business. The people visiting the Inn Street shanty’s and art shows will surely visit the waterfront shanty’s and vice versa. In my mind, any efforts to keep the Artisans Revival shanty’s or art shows off of Inn Street while putting shanty’s on the waterfront is nothing less than restraint of trade and shameful. We live in a capitalist society, competition is good and what makes society vibrant. Stifling competition is monopolistic and doesn’t serve anyone well. 

Art is inclusive, NOT exclusive

When John Brown submitted his letter of support for the art sheds on the waterfront, he did it with the intention of a collaborative effort with the Artisans Revival, NOT at the expense of the Artisans Revival or tent art shows. Newburyport needs all the art it can hold, not some art at the expense of other art. Please take a few minutes and look at At SoWa Art + Design District in Boston, It’s nothing short of amazing what art has done for that neighborhood. I can guarantee not one artistic in that building has ever thought some of the other artists shouldn't be there because they are in competition with them. They think exactly the opposite, the more art, the more people/sales/clients. Literally 1000’s of people go through that building every week, especially during the open studio weekends. They fill the parking lots, restaurants, and spend $$$ at all the other business in the neighborhood. If you haven’t been, you should go and watch. Talk to the artists and local businesses. It will amaze you how well that neighborhood is doing, all because of ART! Another prime example is Cedar Street Studios,, in Amesbury. Ask any artist who has a studio in that building if the other artists / competitors in the building hurt their business, and you will be greeted with a resounding, NO! When they have open studios, they all thrive. One of the reasons Cedar Street exists is because all the similar spaces / buildings in Newburyport that were suitable for artist studios all went to “luxury” condos, which in my mind was a huge mistake and now Newburyport is losing out on the art economy. One last example, The Artists of Salmon Falls Mills,, in Rollinsford, NH, with over 100 artists in one building. These places are art “destinations”, and even though Newburyport doesn’t have those kinds of buildings left for artist studios, it can compete with tented art shows and shanty’s and become know as an art destination, which most likely would draw many more people to Newburyport who would support all our businesses with their $$$. 

A perfect example of the art economy already exists here in Newburyport, the Firehouse and Sea Level. What do folks do before and after attending a show at the Firehouse? They have dinner at Sea Level, then have drinks afterwards, at Sea Level. I know this for a fact, as I produce The Northshore Photography Lectures Series ( at the Firehouse and have witnessed this first hand during the nights of our lectures. But Newburyport needs much more than one venue benefiting from the art economy. Every business in town needs to feel the love.

One last thought. Over the last few years, Newburyport has lost several major galleries, The Churchill Gallery, Bridge Gallery, Lepore Fine Arts, Studio 8 Gallery, Chameleon, The Walsingham Gallery, and just two months ago, Connor Summers Gallery. This is trending in the wrong direction. This needs to be turned around!! Art on Inn Street as well as on the waterfront will be a huge collaborative effort that will help. The city needs to open it’s arms wide, embrace art in every possible way and needs to collaborate, not resist and play favorites, with all the local artists and galleries to make the art economy in Newburyport work. 

Art economies all across this country are part of the foundations of local economics. I have posted some info about the art economy in the US below which I think you will find eye opening. And while you are reading, think about Portsmouth, York, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, and to our south, Rockport. What do they all have in common, large art communities that drive most of the local business.

Watch the YouTube video and note how much $$ it says the arts bring to communities.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).

By every measure, the results are impressive. This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 shows conclusively that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business!

Here’s a link to spending by arts audiences.

This a link to the creative industries in the US.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

If you have any questions, give me a call. Or better yet, come visit me at my gallery. Bring a colleague or two, and let’s chat about how we can make Newburyport a thriving art destination that will benefit everyone.


Greg Nikas





Parks Commission

60 Pleasant Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

Re; Artisans Revival

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to let you know how invaluable it is to us local artists when we are given opportunities to show our work in a downtown art market. 

But we artists are not the only ones who benefit. 

Just as farmers markets help support local farms, while providing that Farm to Table experience that shoppers love, art markets support the local arts community, and give shoppers a unique Studio to Marketplace experience.

Tourists love coming upon these markets. They bring a charming vibe to the downtown area. A vibe that says, slow down. And that reaction carries over to local businesses as well. When people come upon these markets they browse more attentively and spend more time shopping.

Art markets don’t compete with local businesses for sales, they create happy shoppers and increase sales for everyone. 

I would like to share with you the example of the Downtown Boston BID Art Market:

Years ago it started out as a one month experiment. The recession had stalled renovation in the downtown area. It looked more like a construction zone than like one of the country’s premier cities. So Downtown Boston BID invited local artists to set up their tents along Summer street in front of the vacant Filene’s Building every Friday for the month of June. The market was so popular that it was extended for another month, and then another, and eventually all the way to Christmas. The market returned the next year, by popular demand and continued for many years.

Then, after the economy picked up and the Filene’s Building finally had it’s renovation, they decided to move the market to South Station. But people kept asking for the market to come back to Downtown Crossing. When the artists left, so did their energy. Even the store owners realized what a positive impact it had been to their real estate.

And now the market is back and thriving and more popular than ever. 

Downtown Boston BID made a few smart changes. They decided to provide the tents for the artists, and they branded the canopies to tie the event more cohesively into the Downtown Boston experience. Artists must provide their own insurance, and have their work juried to make sure that all the participants bring something unique and exciting to to Downtown Crossing.

Last year the market was so successful that they’ve added more dates to the event. This year it will be held every Wednesday through Friday.

When local artists are given a place in the community, everybody wins.


Raelinda Woad

Salem MA

From: John Darke <xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:07 AM
Cc: xxxxxxxxxx; John Brown
Subject: Artisan Revival

Dear Lisa

I am writing you to express my support for the Artisan Revival Village.

I have been a long time business owner for thirty years in Newburyport. Originally as the founder of Native Sun in Market Square, which I operated from 1989-2009 and more recently with current business Nauti Pearl on State Street. 

I have always felt strongly that the various festivals, performers, enhance the vitality of the downtown and art walks.

People come to Newburyport for a variety of experiences and allowing new concepts is a bonus for all.

I feel that the Artisan Village would be another asset for the town and give both locals and tourists more reasons to frequent downtown.

I realize there are costs and work associated with bringing in the various venues but feel the time and investment is in the best interest of a thriving downtown mix.

Our store, which faces State Street also, has a rear-facing opening to Inn Street.

We recently expanded and will also be using the Inn Street entrance. Inn Street is an integral part of our downtown and having the Artisans whether it is in the village format or tents is a wonderful addition.


Thank You,

John Darke

Nauti Pearl LLC



Dear Lise,

I am writing in regards to the Artisans on Inn Street. I have been a retail associate in downtown Newburyport for 20 years and currently work as an associate for retail of local artisans at Sisters We Three on Pleasant St. Newburyport. I have often talked to the Sisters who own the store and we all agree that having festivals and artisans close by helps support our local economy and our small business. I see no reason at all why we cannot have the artisans’ revival on Inn St. and "shanties" on the waterfront. I have been in retail long enough to know just 5 shanties is not enough to keep people interested in returning often and as I see it, if there are more artisans spread out throughout the downtown, from Inn St. to the waterfront, then there is a much more interesting and diversified experience. I cannot see a division of either Inn St. or The Waterfront being productive. A collaborative effort for All would benefit all the artisans and set an example of cooperation and support for art in what is supposed to be a cultural community that supports artisans, not just a few, but as many as possible. The seasoned artisans who have already been on Inn St. have proven it is a co-creative and collaborative effort that is productive .The new artisans that would be renting a week at a time on the waterfront could benefit from the seasoned artisans and the more the merrier for the economy downtown and for the artisans. As a sales associate I see no competition what so ever as far as brick and mortar stores, only benefit for everyone. I recently bought an engraved brick that supports the Parks, commemorating what John Brown initiated and birthed in 2016 and has been running every year since, because I feel it is important to honor artisans being brought into the forefront of our community in a more diverse and reachable way and fully support the artisans on Inn St. continuing and an art collaborative and community that is not confined and limited but is embraced and nurtured. This is a time for cooperation and co-creative effort, not division.

Best Regards,

Most Sincerely,

Kathleen Couree

Newburyport, Ma

The following were the reasons given by the City and Firehouse for receiving Essex Creative Community Foundation according to their initial ECCF application;

This will meet goals stated in our 2017 Master Plan: Goal CR-2 - Increase awareness of Newburyport as a destination for arts, tourism, and cultural affairs; and Goal CR-3 - Support a rich variety of cultural opportunities and activities for all groups and individuals in the City. The Shanty Program will help local artists, artisans, and cultural organizations increase recognition and sales, and will increase visitors to Newburyport, thus increasing its reputation as a cultural destination.

Describe the expected outcomes of your project. What change(s) do you expect will result from your project?** Character Limit: 500 

The anticipated outcomes are: a positive cultural experience for those participating in the “community build” of the Shanties; increased recognition and sales for artists, artisans, and cultural organizations; increased number of visitors to the area; a creative way to use City-owned waterfront land; and an improved reputation as a cultural destination. Changes we expect will be a more attractive space; improved relations throughout the arts community and between the arts community and the City.


Coming Soon; The Story of the Ten Footers

How the  Newburyport Artisan Village

'tiny studios' complete the 'Newburyport Restoration'.

The Crusade for a National Urban Model 

Begins Here; Introductory Video

Newburyport Artisan Market - A Pilot Project Initiative has been created though the generosity of private investments, loans, as well as revenue raised by the artisans themselves via donation fees of  Chalets rentals.

We need your help…

Without any city or grant funding, 

and based only on private contributions, loans and individual donations, we have put  forth the best product and program possible in this short span of time.

With your help we can take it to another level. This is an ongoing experimental project aimed at community based financing and involvement.

Spirit of Newburyport 'ArtCart'
Spirit of Newburyport 'ArtCart'