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  • Archive for May, 2010


    2010 - 05.31

    Artisan’s Asylum is a non-profit community workshop in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to make creativity a way of life by removing barriers to making things. We actively solicit skilled local artisans to teach classes, and we will soon have open studio hours where members can use our facilities and equipment.

    If you support our cause, we encourage you to join our mailing list and donate to our fund dedicated to opening our workshop space for open studio time as quickly as possible. We appreciate all of your help!


    Help found the largest public craft space in Massachusetts!

    2010 - 05.28

    Artisan’s Asylum is a non-profit community workshop startup based in two locations near Union Square in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our goal is to provide the community with a place to teach, learn, and practice crafts of all types, including but not limited to: precision metal machining, electrical fabrication, welding, woodworking, fabricwork, cooking, photography, jewelrymaking and more.

    Donations to Artisan’s Asylum can be made using the Donate button here. Donations can be of any size. We’re aiming to raise at least $10,000 by June 12th, to help us equip both spaces enough to open our doors.


    Early registration for memberships can be made using the Google Checkout cart below. A joining fee is required, and after that the membership can be chosen to suit your needs. The membership begins when you say it does, so you can wait until it makes sense to you to start your membership.

    If you would like to learn more about Artisan’s Asylum, please take the opportunity to check out some of our published material!

    Here’s our kickoff presentation, given on May 1st, 2010: Kickoff Presentation

    Here’s our instructor orientation presentation, given on May 25th, 2010: Instructor Orientation Presentation

    The backstory on how this all got started, and who we are: Our Story

    These are the services we’d like to offer when we open our doors in the near future: About Us

    These are the membership plans we’re currently offering: Membership Plans

    Take a look at some of the machinery and space we have: Photo Albums


    Instructor orientation meeting results

    2010 - 05.26

    Hello all!

    We just wrapped up our instructor orientation, which was a complete hit. We had over 25 instructors show up, wanting to offer over 45 classes at the Asylum! We had a great presentation, a good set of questions and followup discussions, and we think everyone’s on the same page in terms of class expectations.

    If you’re interested in seeing what we had to say at the meeting, check out our PowerPoint presentation here.

    Sit tight, because we’re going to release a potential class survey soon that’s going to rock everyone’s socks off…

    Orientation for potential Artisan's Asylum instructors

    2010 - 05.20

    We will be having an orientation meeting for anyone who would like to be considered as an instructor for the Asylum on Tuesday, May 25th, from 7 PM to 9 PM. If you’re interested in teaching at Artisan’s Asylum, attend this meeting. We’ll be going over the expectations on us as organizers, our expectations of instructors, compensation for instructors, how classes will be chosen, the driving goals behind our classes, and more. We’ll also be taking your comments, concerns, and feedback.

    The meeting is open-invite, which means that everyone with interest is welcome to show up. If you can’t make it, that’s OK – we will be posting the PowerPoint we present and explaining all of our processes after the event, and you’re welcome to apply to teach a class with us regardless of attendance at this meeting. You will have to organize a time to meet with us before we can offer your class to our membership.

    If you plan on attending this meeting, and intend on being considered as a potential instructor for the Asylum, we ask two things of you: (1) that you bring examples of past related work (whether by portfolio, by bringing physical items in, listing testimonials, etc.) with you, and (2) that you fill out this class survey by 11:59 PM on Sunday, 5/23/10:


    Please fill the survey out once per class you’re interested in offering (whether you have different ideas for different results-based classes, or can teach multiple types of machine shop tool training classes). If you just have a class idea and want to refine them with us, or if you’re unsure about exactly what form the class would take, we encourage you to fill out the survey anyway and discuss your reservations in the comments section. We’ll get back to you soon.

    NOTE: By filling out this survey, you’re indicating that you’re available to teach the class you describe on the days you indicate in the month of June. If your class is selected to be offered to our membership and it turns out you can’t make the times you indicate, you will not be allowed to teach at the Asylum again unless you have a very good reason for canceling. Please indicate any uncertainty you have in your scheduling in the comments and concerns section of the survey.

    Thanks, and hope to see you soon!


    Email list and Calendar set up

    2010 - 05.08

    Hi everyone!

    Based on lots of feedback, we’ve gone ahead and started an email list for those of you who detest having to check Facebook for updates. You can find and register for it here:


    The list is set up so that joining is unmoderated but posting is moderated to prevent spam and off-topic conversation.

    We’ve also gone ahead and implemented a Google Calendar, which is currently up-to-date with all of our workshop events over the next week. You can subscribe to it or view it by visiting any of the following websites:

    HTML Format: http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=artisansasylum%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

    iCAL Format: http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/artisansasylum%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

    XML Format: http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/artisansasylum%40gmail.com/public/basic

    That’s all for now. Our workshop have been going well so far, and we can’t wait to see you all soon!