Public Events

Open Houses & Special Events

Fat Tuesday Fundraiser!

Tuesday February 28th, 6-9PM at Artisan’s Asylum

Join us at Artisan’s Asylum for our first ever Fat Tuesday Fundraiser for our next round of Artisan Grants! Enjoy live performances by the Dirty Water Brass Band, bake sale treats and meeting Artisan members and Somerville community members. This event will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the creativity and community made right here at Artisan’s!
Suggested donation: $10.00

About Artisan Grants:

Artisan’s Asylum’s community was built around the shared belief that everyone and anyone should be given the opportunity to make their ideas a reality. In that spirit, Artisan’s Asylum is proud to offer Artisan Grants, which provide Asylum services to those in financial need who have projects and ideas that are too awesome to pass up. Learn more about our Artisan Grants.

About Dirty Water Brass Band:

Dirty Water Brass Band, a Boston-based undefinable raucous street band, a staunch contributor to the many grooves that make this town tick. Dirty Water performs in the Boston and surrounding areas of New England, with a particular penchant for playing outdoors. We are unplugged and mobile, giving us the flexibility to jump into many local parades and participate in many annual outdoor events such as the renowned PorchFest and HONK! festivals based in Somerville. Learn more about Dirty Water Brass Band.

Ongoing Events Open to the Public


A tour of Artisan’s Asylum showcases all of our 14 unique shop areas and the stories of our makers working in our 160 studio spaces. Our tours last about 30-45 minutes and are offered at scheduled times. We are a light industrial space and due to liability and insurance requirements we are unable to allow drop-in visitors to our facility. Tours are offered daily. For the tour schedule see Staffed Hours & Tour Times here.

Looking for a group tour for your school or organization? Contact to schedule something special for your group.


Speaker Series

Artisan’s Asylum hosts a regular Speaker Series featuring the stories of our own members and local community leaders and businesses inspiring us by making the world they want to see. Speaker Series events are free for members and Friends of Artisan’s. $10 suggested donation from the public. Check out the Spring 2016 line-up!


Free Circuit Hacking

Group huddled over an electronics workbench

Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced hacker, there will be something for you at Circuit Hacking Night. This one night the electronics & robotics lab will be open for FREE — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them!

The proceeds of all sales and donations will go directly towards funding maintenance and improvements in the Electronics & Robotics lab of Artisan’s Asylum: to buying new equipment, keeping consumables in stock, and towards general upkeep. Please register to attend.

Maker Mondays

Co-hosted with Miranda’s Hearth

Every third Monday, meet from 7:00-9:00 in the social space at Artisan’s Asylum for Maker Mondays. Bring your latest project, the old project you’ve been ignoring for the past several months, or a brand new idea. We’ll have a small collection of materials if you just want to come and play. Everyone is welcome! At Miranda’s Hearth, we believe that when we make things together we are creating the common shared experiences that provide the foundation for real relationships.

So come and create with us! If you feel like you can’t come because you’re not an artist, remember the Hearth Motto: Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something. Registration and check-in handled at our Front Desk.