Public Events

Public Events

@party 2018


It is our pleasure to invite you to @party 2018!

Click this link to Register for the Party!

This is the 9th annual @party and we’re returning to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, MA USA. There will be three full days of scheduled programming from Friday June 8th through Sunday June 10th with 24 hour site access.

The room will have a permanently installed sound system and bigscreen comparable in size to the party system of the past five years and you’re welcome to consume meals and refreshments at your computer place. You can’t sleep here though, so please make arrangements for a hotel or roomshare if you don’t intend to stay awake for three days straight.

We’ve also already begun scheduling live acts for Friday and Saturday and seminar presentations for all three days. Stay tuned for further details or contact us if you’re interested in presenting or performing as there are still some time slots available.

Thank you, and we hope to see you at @party 2018!


Somerville Open Studios & Maker Market



Join us as we open our doors for Somerville Open Studios! (www.somervilleopenstudios.org) Meet our members, buy their wares, check out demos in our shops and join us for some family-friendly STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) activities!

Friday 6-9PM
Saturday & Sunday 12-6PM (STEAM activities in MPR1)

7PM Friday
2PM & 4PM Saturday & Sunday

–CNC Plasma Cutter* – 1:30PM & 3:30PM
–Jewelry & Metalsmithing – 1PM & 3PM
–Enameling – 3pm (all afternoon)
–Laser Cutting w/ Black Cat Labs – TBD
–STEAM activities! All day.

–CNC Router* – 1PM & 3PM
–Jewelry & Metalsmithing – 1:30PM & 3:30PM
–Laser Cutting w/ Rotary Engraver – 2pm
–3D Printing/Digital Fabrication – 2:30pm


Aimee Archambault, Abstract Sculpture

Archdesphot llc, Photography, Products, Architect

Beryllina eco-friendly silversmithing, Recycled silver & US-gem jewelry

Barbara Marder,  Enameled Works and Jewelry

Chie Yasuda, Watercolor with mixed media

Ilana Krepchin, Sculpture to Wear Jewelry

JDI Jewelry Dirk Iglehart, Fabricated Jewelry

Lori Messenger, Silver/Handmade Glass Jewelry 

Mac Pierce, Data Based Kinetic Art

Melissa Glick, Hacker Creations Media: Collage, Mixed-Media, Sculpture

Michael Dewberry, Multimedia, Sculpture, Public Art

Miles Donovan, Prints, Light Art, & More

Sarah Dudek, Bold, Graphic, and Colorful Prints

Salvatore Mancini, Woodworking and Photography

Skunkadelia, Steel Sculpture of Cute Robots

Roger White, Wood

Willow Pier Studio, Fiber & Textiles, Painting

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

Please see our visitor page for contact information.

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 outreach@artisansasylum.com 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.

Free Circuit Hacking

Every Wednesday, 6:00-8:00PM

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.

Free Cosplay Workshop

2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm

Want to wear a costume to a convention? Already have a costume that needs work? Have questions about prop building, EVA foam construction, or costuming? Come to our Free Cosplay Workshop and work on your projects with experienced prop builders and costumers as we prepare for the upcoming Anime Boston! (Preparing for convention du jour is not required, come hang out and build cosplays with us!). Please sign up so we know to expect you!



Monthly TOOOL Meeting

Third Sunday of every month, 1:00-5:00PM

Learning about locks and lockpicking. You can find more information about TOOOL                 at http://toool.us and the Boston chapter at http://bos.toool.us


Free Fiber Arts Work Night

Second Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00PM

Come hang out and play with fibers at Artisan’s Asylum! This one night of the month, come in and use our fiber arts equipment machines and space for FREE. Learn basic knit and crochet skills in traditional and unconventional fibers, exchange materials, get guidance from experienced quilters, costumers, and crafters, or just bring your own projects to work on in the company of like-minded makers! No registration required, just show up! Join the Fiber-Arts@ mailing list for event updates and to connect with attendees and organizers.



Warhammer Meetup

Every Monday, 6:30-10:00PM

This is a public Warhammer meetup run by Artisan’s Asylum member Sarah Kaiser.


Public Art Working Group


First monthly Public Art Working Group meeting
Organized by Liz LaManche
Since there was a lot of interest in sharing tips and skills, both technical and political, at the Public Art speaker panel we held earlier this year, let’s make this a monthly informal get-together where people interested in furthering Public Art can schmooze, present their projects, ask questions, look for collaborators, and share tips and opportunities. A city with more art is a good thing, and we can all make each other stronger. Maybe some powerful collaborations will come of it. Also cookies.