About Us

Founded out of a 2,500 SF warehouse in Somerville in 2009, Artisan’s has grown to be one of the oldest, largest and most vibrant maker spaces in the country. Our members – artists, hackers, hobbyists, engineers, designers, performers – create awe-inspiring works that produce wonder and joy.

When we re-open our doors in 2022 we will manage 52,000 SF of open innovation space in the heart of Allston-Brighton. We host shared workshops, artist studios, classes and community events. As a non-profit community work space we strive to connect anyone with access to the tools and talent needed to build the things they love.

Our workshops, classes, open studio environment and supportive community are a platform for unfettered creativity, lifelong learning, and innovative entrepreneurship.

Right now we’re in transition between our home of 10 years in Somerville, and our new home in the Allston-Brighton communities of Boston. We plan to be open to the public on a limited basis beginning June 2022. Come see us then! In the meantime you can join our community as a virtual member. Join today.

 

Our Vision

Making is a voluntary act of ingenuity and agency. When we make—as artists, engineers, and hobbyists—we transform bits and atoms into the stuff of dreams and livelihoods. Sometimes we make the world a better place. We nearly always improve ourselves along the way.

Artisan’s Asylum is a singular environment for making. When we reopen in Allston-Brighton in mid-2022 we will be a 52,000 SF. fabrication wonderland where imagination comes alive. We foster the conditions for freedom of thought, collaboration and agency necessary for anyone to build the things people get passionate about. An investment in the teaching, practice and culture of making is a recognition of the fundamental human impulse to create and to solve problems. And the benefits are many, including emotional, intellectual and social resilience.

Our Mission

Artisan’s Asylum envisions a world enlivened by makers. We imagine a whole society where everyone feels welcome to share their talents and ceaselessly develop their capabilities, contributing to the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of our communities.

Our mission as an inclusive, not-for-profit community workshop is to advance the learning, practice and culture of do-it yourself (“DIY”) fabrication. We strive to provide anyone with access to the tools and training necessary to develop creative confidence and build the things they love.

We manage two adjacent open innovation spaces in the heart of Allston-Brighton. We host shared workshops, artist studios, classes and community events. As a non-profit community work space we strive to connect anyone with access to the tools and talent needed to build the things they love.

Our workshops, classes, open studio environment and supportive community are a platform for unfettered creativity, lifelong learning, and innovative entrepreneurship.

Right now we’re in transition between our home of 10 years in Somerville, and our new home in the Allston-Brighton communities of Boston. We plan to be open to new members in June 2022. Come see us then! In the meantime you can support our growing creative community as a virtual member and when you reserve one of our studios. Join today.

Getting Here

We’re located at 96 Holton Street, in Brighton, MA – just behind Star Market and accessible by the 501, 66, 70, and 86 busses.  We’re also just across the highway from Boston Landing and the Commuter Rail service (soon to be the Purple Line).

When we re-open in June 2022 we’ll be accessible for tours, community events, classes and as gathering place for the exchange of ideas. All are welcome here.