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SOS Talk #1: What can SOS do for YOU? – Sunday January 25th, 2-4pm, MPR1

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Thinking of participating in Somerville Open Studios this coming May? On the fence? Not sure how it would be valuable for you? Come to the first in a series of FREE talks on SOS which will help you get the most out of it! Artists/makers Jim Baab, Gessica Silverman, Liz LaManche and Skunk will answer questions about their experiences using SOS to forward their art goals. Cira Louise Brown, specialist in exhibition design and visual interpretation, will address how to nail your advance advertisement so people get it. Jesa Damora will lead the discussion.

Think of SOS as a strategy, not a goal. Is SOS a chance to finish a body of work? Demonstrate a new direction? Primp for visits by a specific gallerist, buyer, or agent? SOS can be a fulcrum for a lot of things, whether you’ve been doing art for a while or are just beginning. It’s useful in other ways, too: If you need to sort out your artist statement, your marketing, and how best to show what you’ve got, there’s no better chance than SOS to get your ducks in a row. This talk is offered by arts marketing specialist Jesa Damora. Jesa, a consultant to artists on business and marketing, runs FunnelCake Marketing here in Somerville; was SOS Marketing Coordinator in 2013; is the Arts Wrangler for TEDx Somerville; and herself participated successfully as an artist in SOS for 15 years. She gives talks on marketing here in Boston and in New York.


Tax help for artisans at Artisan’s! – Tuesday January 27th, 3-7pm, FunnelCake Marketing space at Artisan’s Asylum

Bring your tax woes to Rich Streitfeld, a popular speaker at Asylum forums and specialist in helping makers and other creatives organize and succeed in your business (yes, it is a business!). Even if you have not received all of your forms, you can get the process started. Rich loves working with businesses, entrepreneurs and artists. A graduate of Boston University, he directed an international non-profit and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. Rich developed the state’s first same-sex planning seminar and leads business workshops for artists. He loves promoting his clients and authors the popular newsletter “Dispatches from the Zen Mensch” (http://www.alscpa.com/articles/)

How to register

Select a session here on EventBrite
A Sessions (A): 15 minute sessions are free and for non-clients only who want to have a tax consultation.
B Sessions (B): The 30 minute slots are for existing clients or non-clients who have already decided to have me prepare their (2014) taxes or have other related issues, and standard fees would apply. Email Rich for details about rates — rich@alscpa.com


Cambridge Science Festival – Sunday April 19th

An opportunity to come check out what we do! Details TBD. RSVP to our Facebook event.



A member’s scanning electron microscrope on display at Cambridge Science Festival 2014. Photo by George Imirzian


Somerville Open Studios – May 2nd & 3rd 2015, 12-6pm

We participate in the incredible yearly event where studio spaces in Somerville open their doors on the same weekend. Come visit us and the expected 50+ makers exhibiting! RSVP to the Facebook event.

Info for exhibiting Asylum Members:
Note: In order to exhibit at Artisan’s Asylum, you must fall into one of these categories: member, renter, volunteer, student or instructor, AND register with Somerville Open Studios.


Asylum Hallway

For our regularly scheduled tours of our facility, please see our Staffed Hours & Tour Times page here.