About Us

 

What We Do

Artisan’s Asylum, Inc. is a non-profit community craft studio located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of a wide variety of crafts.

To support that mission we offer the following:

  • A professionally maintained manufacturing facility that includes the tools and machines for precision metal machining, electrical fabrication, welding, woodworking, sewing & fiber arts, robotics, bicycle building and repair, lampworking, jewelry making, computer-aided design, and screenprinting
  • A large range of affordable, publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans, focusing on either creating a final product the student can take home after the class or general training for specific tools
  • Affordable monthly and daily membership plans that include access to our facility on weekends and after typical working hours
  • Space and equipment rentals to individuals and companies interested in having access to industrial-grade manufacturing equipment without having to invest in capital equipment and long-term space leases
  • On-site material and project storage allowing community members to create and store projects without the hassle of handling material and storage logistics
  • Host and promotion of local craft-related events with the goal to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship

 

Where We Are

We occupy a 40,000 square foot warehouse in the old Ames Safety Envelope facility at 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA. We’d love to show you around! Check our daily tour times and directions and parking information.

 

The Amenities

  • Two dedicated rooms for classes and a super cool computer lab
  • Kitchenette and social area
  • Geothermal air conditioning and heating
  • 15-foot and 25-foot ceilings
  • Communal pallet jacks, dollies, and overhead cranes
  • Proximity card access to for members and space and storage holders
  • On-site, off-street shared parking lot and bike racks
  • First floor location with leveled concrete flooring
  • A tractor-trailer loading dock and floor-level double doors
  • Electrical service at each renter unit, with over 300 kVA supplied to the building
  • Dumpster outside for trash pickup

If you’re interested in joining our community, check out our membership options!

 

Who We Are

We currently host around 250 monthly members, have 140 studios, 45 pallet storage units, and over 80 shelf storage units available for rent.

Artisan’s Asylum is run by staff and a large number of dedicated volunteers. Our Board of Directors is responsible for keeping Artisan’s Asylum fiscally and legally sound and true to its stated mission. The board generally addresses financial, contractual, legal, and liability issues.

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