Rise & Shine

Now in its eleventh year, the Rise and Shine Program offers workshops in the arts to youth at risk followed by opportunities to celebrate their work through exhibits, readings, and performances at the Cultural Center. Hundreds of students from all over the Cape have taken part in this program, one of the Center’s finest contributions to the region. Rise and Shine also provides arts mentors to youth with an interest in the visual, performing, or literary arts.

Part One: Thanks to foundation grants, the Cultural Center is able to pay qualified artist-teachers to lead workshops in schools in nearly every town on Cape Cod and at other organizations that serve youth. Rise and Shine also provides one-on-one mentoring to students referred through partners including the District Attorney’s Youth Diversion program, MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Committee for Public Counsel Services Youth Advocacy Department, and Cape Cod Justice for Youth Collaborative.

Part Two: The Cultural Center arranges, staffs, promotes, and hosts events and exhibits by Rise and Shine participants.

Rise and Shine is funded in part by The Massachusetts Cultural Council, several local cultural councils including Brewster Cultural Council, Chatham Cultural Council, Dennis Arts & Cultural Council, Falmouth Cultural Council, Harwich Cultural Council, the Mid-Cape Cultural Council, and the Sandwich Cultural Council, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Davenport Foundations, the Joan Bentinck-Smith Charitable Foundation, Cape and Islands United Way, and others. We thank them for their support.

For more information about Rise and Shine — how to book a workshop, engage a mentor, or donate to the program — please contact our Director of Education Amy Neill at aneill@cultural-center.org.

Bass River Press

The Cultural Center launched Bass River Press in 2015 to support local poets. Under the leadership of Editor Angela Howes, the press will publish one full-length collection by a Cape or Islands poet each year. In time, the Press hopes to publish one book of fiction (a novel or short story collection) and one non-fiction each year as well.

“Bass River Press will be an exciting addition to an already thriving poetry culture on Cape Cod,” says Mary Ellen Redmond, award-winning poet and co-founder of the Cape Cod Poet’s Theater, with Joe Gouveia. “This is good news.”

The annual submission process will allow writers of all degrees of experience to participate. After narrowing down the submissions, Ms. Howes will send finalists to a judge for the selection of a winning manuscript.

Renowned poet Tony Hoagland was the judge for the first round of submissions. He chose Cotuit poet Judith Askew, whose collection On the Loosewas published in April 2016.

Truro poet Elizabeth Bradfield judged manuscripts for publication in 2017. She selected Wild Water Childby Hyannis poet Rose Auslander.

In April 2018, the Press published Water-Dreaming by Harwich poet Deirdre Callanan. Former Rhode Island Poet Laureate Lisa Starr was the judge.



Current titles are available for purchase by calling 508-394-7100.

In 2020, we will switch gears and publish, with Calliope, a special anthology. Scroll down for details.

In general, the press accepts only original, unpublished collections of poems between 48 and 64 pages. Poets with previously published collections are eligible to submit, along with first-time poets. Individual poems previously published in chapbooks, magazines, journals, or anthologies are eligible, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. This rule applies to self-published collections as well. Once the final collection is selected, editors at Bass River Press will arrange for distribution.

Bass River Press will serve the dual function of promoting the works of local poets and engaging the community in the literary arts. While the Cape does offer many venues and services to the performing and visual arts, few organizations exist to support the written word. However, the lack of support for writers does not equate lack of interest. Cape Cod’s current population is composed largely of avid readers who desire the accessibility of great works published by writers from their own hometowns.

“The Bass River Press would be tremendous physical tangible proof of the wealth of literary talent living on the Cape,” says published poet and Associate Director of the Edward Gorey House Gregory Hischak, who has recently been awarded a 2015 Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “The Cultural Center of Cape Cod has the facilities, stamina, know-how and collective patience to nurture, produce and promote such a literary publication.”

The new press will complement the work of The Cape Cod Poetry Review – which publishes annual anthologies of poems by local writers – by placing a spotlight on one particular writer each year. “Bass River Press is on the cusp of filling something that has been profoundly empty in the literary arts on Cape Cod for some time now,” says the Review’s editor, John Bonanni. The Cultural Center believes that a portrait of a single individual leaves a lasting image, and our writers deserve the opportunity to have their work widely circulated and remembered.

For more information about Bass River Press, please contact Editor Angela Howes at ahowes@cultural-center.orgor 508-394-7100. Supervising Editor Lauren Wolk can be reached at lwolk@cultural-center.org.



Calliope Poetry and Bass River Press seek poems for an anthology exploring the history, heritage, culture and environment of Cape Cod and the Islands. This anthology,From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands through Poetry, will highlight its spirit and all aspects of life here, including specific landmarks, industries, and people. Poems mustcapture what is unique about the Cape and Islands, either in the title, an epigraph, or the body of the poem. Please send 5 of your best poems in a Word document to mailto: calliopepoetryanthology@gmail.comby June 30, 2019.

In the subject line of the email, please put Poetry Anthology Submission. In the body of the email, list the title of each poem and, if it was previously published, note where it appeared and when. Please format the document so that each page is numbered and your name and email address appear on every page. Also, include a brief bio of 50 words or fewer.

Publication date of From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry will be in the Summer of 2020 to coincide with the commemoration of the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown.



The upper floor of our new Education Wing features five artists’ studios that are always open to the public. The resident artists are frequently in the house, making art and eager to speak with visitors. These residents also host open studios during the receptions for artists exhibiting in the Cultural Center’s four main galleries. The Owl Studio Artists are: Evans Arnold, Julia Cumes, Odin Smith, Lance Walker, and the Fresh Paint Gallery Artists: Julie Blanchard, Judy Cournoyer, Claire Marcus, Robert Mesrop and Ann O’Connell. Click here for artist website information.



The Cultural Center has a wonderful gift shop that highlights the work
of Cape and Islands artisans and artists: jewelry, small paintings, tiles,
books, pottery, Nantucket Lightship baskets, glass work, clothing, and more. Quality is exceptional, but prices are reasonable.





Night Owl Recordings, which operates out of the Alexander D. Holmes Recording Studio at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, offers a combination of mission-driven service and cutting edge technology by leading manufacturers of industry-standard equipment such as Avid, Presonus, MOTU, Audient, Reaper, Avantone, Audix, and many others. With a hybrid concept in mind, the studio can accommodate up to 24 channels with room for expansion. Night Owl has been designed for artists to both use the in-house studio equipment and easily incorporate their own equipment for studio sessions as well.

Classes and workshops are offered for anyone interested in recording, mixing, and mastering techniques, including mic placement, acoustics, and signal processing. We also have mentoring opportunities through our Rise and Shine program (for more information about Rise and Shine click here). Also, in conjunction with Cape Cod Community Media Center, Night Owl Recordings offers workshops in Live Sound Reinforcement.

For more information on Night Owl Recordings click here.



Thanks to Adele Gorelick and her generous contribution of books, time, and effort, the Cultural Center has a wonderful and very extensive library of books on arts. All are welcome to spend time in our library doing research, browsing, reading, or simply looking for inspiration. The library is located in what once was the bank president’s office, right next to the vault.



Every Saturday, from mid-June through September, members of the Yarmouth Art Guild will
occupy the Cultural Center’s tents, selling work from 9am to 1:30pm, while the Bass River
Farm Market takes place across the street. Come shop for fresh, local
produce, seafood, and other amazing edibles and plants plus arts and fine crafts.



From June through September, Thursdays through Saturdays, from 9am-noon, we will provide fine coffee and assorted pastries and seating in our sculpture garden. So feel free to come relax after
(or before) visiting the Bass River Farm Market and the Center’s gallery exhibits and artist studios.



The Cultural Center sponsors exhibition opportunities through international juried exhibits through our website. Online competitions are a great way to support artists while complementing and extending our galleries here on Cape Cod. Please visit our online galleries, APERTURESSET IN MOTIONABSTRACTIONSELEMENTS|WATERAMPLIFYBLACK & WHITE,  FAUNA, APERTURES 2018 and WANDERLUST.



The Cultural Center of Cape Cod offers a wide range of classes and workshops for all levels of art. Each class is presented by an artist who has extensive knowledge and skills in the subject he/she presents. All classes are limited to a certain number of attendees to maximize their learning experience… and yours. New classes are added frequently.

Classes for adults generally run from four to eight weeks. Lengths of classes are noted in class descriptions on our website.
Culinary Classes are held as one individual class.
Workshops are one- to three-day intensive art instruction.
Workshop Series run over the course of multiple months.


Class locations within our building are listed in the description on each class page. Occasionally a class may need to be moved to another part of our building, flexibility is encouraged. The best place to park is the lot behind our building, a ramp will lead you to our back door.


Students must pay at time of registration to be considered enrolled.

Registration is ongoing. Students may register online, by phone, in person, or by mail.

Online: by visiting the Shop page, which provides a schedule of all events, exhibit, and educational opportunities.

By phone: 508-394-7100

In person or by mail:

307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA 02664


Specific materials required or suggested for classes or workshops are the student’s responsibility. All classes and workshops will have a materials list on our website on the appropriate class page. Students should be prepared to bring materials to the first class.


Teenagers are welcome in most adult classes, but please check with us.

The Cultural Center complies with the Massachusetts CORI regulations regarding teachers and others working with children.


Cultural Center reserves the right to cancel a class or workshop due to low enrollment, instructor cancellation, or other events beyond our control. Students will receive notification and a full refund.

If weather presents an issue, please call us to see if your class or workshop will run.

If a class or workshop is cancelled due to weather or another unpredictable event, the class or workshop will reschedule.


The Cultural Center leaders do not believe in rules that are too inflexible to take unusual circumstances into account. We also respect the integrity of our patrons.

We therefore do not have a hard-and-fast refund policy.

If you need to cancel a reservation for a class or event, please make every attempt to give us the time we’ll need to fill your seat. Please also consider the ramifications of your cancellation, especially when an instructor/performer is traveling from a distance, purchasing materials in advance, and otherwise counting on the reservations/registrations we’ve reported.

If you have a true emergency and cannot attend, we will refund your money or issue a gift certificate for another event/class.

If you do not have a true emergency, please do not ask for a refund.

All refund policies are negotiable with staff approval.


Interested in submitting a proposal for teaching? Please go to our Submissions and Proposals page.

For additional information, please contact Amy Neill, Director of Education, at 508-394-7100 or aneill@cultural-center.org