Public Events

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 workbenchCome 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

Inside/Out Gallery

July 2016, Presented by the Somerville Arts Council

Artisan’s Asylum is thrilled to be presenting a new collaborative work in the Inside/Out Gallery space for the month of July 2016. Inspired by the theme “Roots”, sculptural weaving meets imaginary cartography meets steel fabrication meets woodcraft celebrating Somerville’s history of making. Learn more about the project here.

Boston Mini Maker Faire

Saturday July 23rd, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

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Boston’s first official Maker Faire will take place on Fort Point Channel, in front of Boston Children’s Museum, on July 23, 2016. Artisan’s Asylum is honored to be on the Advisory Board for this event and our members will be showcasing their work, our classes and ways to get involved at your local makerspace. Buy tickets!

“This beautiful location, right at the intersection of Boston’s Innovation District and the Fort Point Arts community, will welcome makers, inventors, artists, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, tinkerers, and all sorts of interesting people who will share their passion, their process, and their products. Boston Mini Maker Faire celebrates the things people create themselves, and the makers who create them – from the newest technologies and gizmos, to woodworking, sculptures and food. Come join this all-ages celebration of creativity in all its forms, get inspired to ignite your own ingenuity, and see some amazing things you might have never thought possible.”

Past Events

Open Studios & Maker Market
Some of our makers who exhibited
AEO Designs, handcrafted contemporary jewelry

Atomic Earrings3-D Printed Earrings

Barbara Marder,  Enameled works and jewelry

Bennett Chaney, photography, design, and architecture

Bess Morin JewelrySterling Silver & Gold Jewelry

Chris Sledziona, Furniture, Lighting, and other Digitally Fabricated Artifacts

Dominique CusteauFlamework & Fuse Glass Jewelry

Emily GarfieldImaginary Map Drawings

Esther RahelMixed Media & Statement Jewelry

Karen BurkeSilver, Steel, & Niobium Media: Jewelry + Beads, Sculpture

Lori Messenger, Silver/Handmade Glass Jewelry 

Mark Brownawell, Casting Classes at Artisan’s, Humidity Measurement Instrumentation

M.P. Thomas DesignsFine Furniture and Wood Art

Melissa GlickHacker Creations Media: Collage, Mixed-Media, Sculpture

Michael Dewberry, Public Art + Tech Sculpture 

Michael Piantedosi, Near-Infrared and Visible Light Photography

Miles DonovanPrints, Light Art, & More

Norma Heller Studios, Costumes and Wearable Art 

Seeds of Joie Art Studio (Chie Yasuda), Watercolor Paintings with Mixed Media

Tamaryn Designs,  Women’s clothing, accessories and home decor items

Welding on Fire,  Bicycle forks, rotor guards and some metalworking

Winter Hill Jewelry, Fun and Funky 3D printed Jewelry from Somerville, MA

Check out some of our featured past events!