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Art for One, Art for All: Bringing Creativity to the Masses, public art discussion

Tuesday January 17th, 7-9PM
Art is an expression of our humanity, culture, and social commentary. Museums and galleries provide sanctuary to some of our greatest cultural treasures; however, it is the accessibility of public art that administers the biggest impact, giving people from all walks of life a chance to enjoy art. In recent years, the Greater Boston area has been home to many evocative art-related initiatives. Join the Somerville Arts Council and the Artisan’s Asylum for an evening with some of the area’s most dynamic public art creators.

Participating Panelists

Ann Hirsch
William Turville
Drew Van Zandt
Freedom Baird
Liz LaManche
Michael Dewberry

Topics of discussion:

  • Starting out. What is the inspiration for doing public work? Why do it?
  • Once you decide to move forward how do you go about discussing your proposal with municipalities/city governments and then work with them with the permitting, and logistical challenges during the planning process.
  • Temporary vs. Permanent work
  • Community engagement and public perception- How much of this is a factor in your work? Is inspired by social change?
  • Funding/ granting options/ residences opportunities

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.

Open Houses & Special Events

Winter Market & Open House

Saturday December 10th & Sunday December 11th, 12-6PM
Join us at Artisan’s Asylum for the 5th Annual Winter Market & Open House and get your holiday shopping done! 30+ makers & artists selling jewelry, fiber arts, holiday gifts, furniture and more, plus demos and our infamous MASSdestruction Robot Competition: Mini Sumo special (Saturday only)

Participating Makers

Alicia O’Dell | AEO Designs – Individually designed hand-fabricated and cast contemporary jewelry wares inspired by the exploration of new places.
Andrew Levine – hand-painted and glazed abstract flower porcelain bowls, coral reefs and owl candle holders as well as small abstract and landscape paintings
Arlene Elkins – Jewelry and headdresses
Barbara Marder – Enameled bowls, small wall works, and jewelry.
Bennett Chaney – Furniture, Photography
Chie Yasuda – Prints, calendars
Claire Kincaid – Wire Jewelry and Sculpture
Douglas Ruuska – Photography
Emily Garfield – Imaginary map drawings in pen + watercolor (including prints and cards) and imaginative nature-inspired jewelry
Nod’s Wand Emporium – Turned wood wands, hairpins, pens, and shaving sets, as well as hand inked holiday cards.
Ilana Krepchin – Jewelry
Inkwell Trading Co. – Handcrafted signage and gifts
Jeremy Fryer-Biggs | NextGen Knives
Jim Bredt – Cartoons
Karen Burke – Hand-cast silver and brass ornaments, jewelry and gifts (and my usual assortment of back stock
Melissa Glick | Hacker Creations
Miles Donovan | The Daily Robot
Rachel O’Neil | Search + Rescue Decor – Custom refurbishing of furniture & home decor
Skunk – Repurposed Robot Nursery
Simon Hong | Robilis – StandX (robotic standing chair)
Suzanne Watzman | Tamaryn Design – Women’s clothing, accessories and some home decor
Vanessa Templeman | Winter Hill Jewelry – 3D printed jewelry and succulent planters

Demo Schedule

TIG Welding with Skunk – 2PM & 4PM Both days
Metal Casting – 3:30PM & 4:30PM Both days
Jewelry with Claire Kincaid – 3PM Saturday
Hacker Junk Creations with Melissa Glick – 2:30PM & 4:30PM Saturday
Sculpture with Claire Kincaid – 3PM Sunday
Enameling with Barbara Marder – Sunday 3PM