Help Secure Our Future by Supporting Artisan’s Asylum Today

DATE:  March 19, 2020     CATEGORIES:  Education

From artist talks, lectures, classes and meetups, Artisan’s Asylum has been a community resource, providing individuals with the ability to make anything they can imagine. During this uncertain time, Artisan’s has been here for this community and proud to serve our individual makers, local schools and companies, and more. We understand the financial and emotional stress the current situation has placed on individuals, families and organizations everywhere.

Unfortunately, Artisan’s is not immune to these stresses. Over the last week, we have seen our education revenue freeze to 25 percent of monthly projected income. We do not have an immediate way to make up for this shortfall of nearly $15,000 per month. In the meantime, our monthly rent of $67,000—along with utilities bills—is due in two weeks.

Therefore we must ask for your help to ensure we will be here in the future to support the community. From signing up for classes to purchasing a gift certificate—you can support our mission in multiple ways

In compliance with the latest guidelines from the CDC, the office of Governor Baker and the City of Somerville, Artisan’s is completing an exceedingly reduced schedule of in-progress tool training and tool testing activities. We have also reduced class sizes and private instruction through April 7, 2020.

At the present time, Artisan’s maintains an operating density of approximately 1,680 sq ft per individual user. We have deployed multiple safety precautions to promote the health and well-being of our instructors, students and members including twice-daily scrubs of common areas. To learn more about our updated policies and guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation, read our March 16, 2020, blog post.

Keep in mind that around 30 percent of our members—instructors and makers alike—rely on the income earned through the Asylum. This can vary anywhere from 10–100 percent of their incomes. We are working with them to develop alternate methods to secure access, deliver content and sustain their livelihoods.

One way that you can help is to stay optimistic: Sign up for an upcoming class! All cancelations will be converted to an equivalent credit for future classes. You can view our current Spring schedule online

Request a Private Class
Many of our instructors offer private sessions for individuals and couples. See a complete list of instructors and their offerings on our website. To schedule a private class, email Education Director Anne Wright at teach@artisansasylum.com

If you can’t sign up for a class, you can still help us create a better future from the safety of your home. Here are steps you can take to support Artisan’s during this time of social isolation:

Step 1: Register for Late Spring Classes
We are always thinking ahead, and our classes are scheduled well in advance. Check out the current class schedule and sign up for upcoming classes in late April and May.

Step 2: Buy a Gift Certificate
Purchasing a gift certificate is a great way to share the joy of creating. But it will also ensure you have access to future classes and activities after the current containment period. They can be redeemed for classes, studios, memberships, and everything else we offer.

Step 3: Become a Member
At Artisan’s, we inspire creativity in ways that allow our community to grow. Consider becoming a member—or take advantage our new sustaining membership. This will gain you access to an unparalleled variety of design and fabrication facilities within our creative learning community. The more members we have, the more opportunities we will have to create and innovate. Learn more about how to become a member online.

Step 4: Donate 
Consider making a donation. Gifts of any amount will not only allow us to grow our programs and improve our infrastructure, but will also ensure we remain a resource to our community. All donations are tax deductible.

Donate online through our secure system or consider purchasing a year of membership dues in advance. Also consider signing up for a sustaining gift, which would consist of a small monthly donation of $10 or more. Every contribution makes a big difference. We thank you for your support. 

Please keep safe and healthy out there, and support your community in this time of need. Read how others are assisting their local communities and discover ways you can help.