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Volunteer at the Asylum

Artisan’s Asylum is run by a very small paid staff and a large number of dedicated volunteers. We have dozens of people, with a wide range of skills and interests, working hard on creating a space and community to support the work we all want to do.



Apply now! applications are due by Friday May 6th at 6PM for the Spring/Summer orientation and training sessions.

Front desk volunteers (Deskies) are the Asylum’s front line greeters for curious visitors, potential donors, the press, new students, and prospective members. Deskies serve as the primary resource for new members in getting oriented and to existing members looking for help with information and solutions. General duties include:

  • Providing security by regulating access to the space during staffed hours
  • Answering general questions about Artisan’s Asylum for our members and students
  • Greeting visitors and giving over 1,000 tours every year
  • Mail services and helping with data entry

Contact with any questions about the program!


This volunteer position requires regular commitment and offers the opportunity to learn and apply design and fabrication techniques in our community maintained shops and facilities. The application deadline for our Summer 2016 program has been extended! For a full description of the program, check out our Hireculture listing. This program requires an 8hr/week commitment for 8-10 weeks. We are hosting session I June 6th – August 5th and Session II July 11th – September 2nd. Participants can attend either or both sessions. Email with your resume and cover letter by May 27, 2016.


Sign up for a regularly scheduled tour slot or to be on-call by filling out this form! No experience? No problem! Training will be made available.


Have shop experience? Help us by helping our members get signed off to safely and competently use tools in our fabrication shops. Start by filling out this form.



The Artisan’s Asylum Grants Fund: Help us help others

The Artisan’s Asylum Grants Fund goes towards providing Asylum services to those in financial need and to occasional awesome projects.

The Asylum is a diverse community with one thing in common: Making. We want to extend that community to a wider and even more diverse group of people, and to enable dreams that are bigger than those that one person alone can realize. Help us help others, and please donate now.

If you’re a member of the Asylum community, you already know how great this place is and how it has changed lives already. We need to keep that dream alive and growing, and share it with more people. It’s also our hope that these grants can help improve local businesses, teach marketable skills, and otherwise make the world a better place. All funds will fall under the terms of the AG1 Grant Fund.

Aside from supporting the Asylum, we have a wide variety of opportunities for local organizations and companies to get involved by forming creative partnerships. Contact member-services [at] artisansasylum [dot] com with your ideas.

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