Join us in welcoming Lars Hasselblad Torres as the new Executive Director of Artisan’s Asylum!

DATE:  July 12, 2018     CATEGORIES:  Blog, News

We’ve spent over a year preparing for this exciting moment, and we’re beyond thrilled to announce that as of August 6th 2018, Lars Hasselblad Torres will be our new Executive Director.


As a community we have invested thousands of hours in the pursuit of finding our new ED. We’ve participated in workshops to better understand what we need from an ED. We’ve honed our strategic vision. We’ve passed bylaws that better support executive action. We’ve engaged a fantastic partner in Arts Consulting Group to lead our search. We’ve assembled a Search Committee with Asylum members, artists, makers, and industry experts. We narrowed a field of 40 qualified candidates down to one uniquely talented individual. As the culmination of all that hard work, we’ve hired Lars. Welcome Lars!


Lars Torres – Photo Credit: M P Hogan Photography

Lars is a lifelong artist, educator, entrepreneur, and public scholar with a passion for democratic social change. Lars’s experience ranges from leading Burlington, Vermont’s makerspace (The Generator) thru a five-fold fundraising and budget increase; founding a creativity sandbox (Local 64) that provides workspace, community, and creative support to Central Vermont’s independent and creative workforce; and serving the state’s creative economy (Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development) by seeking ways to remove barriers to economic growth for independent creatives, startups, and companies. He has also worked as a contractor to the U.S. Agency for International Development, for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as an artist and public high school teacher.


Lars says, “Hello Asylum Seekers and Inmates! Artisan’s Asylum is a remarkable asset to Somerville’s creative economy, with an impact well beyond its geographic location. I’m incredibly excited to have this opportunity to serve Artisans’ members, the board, and our partners across the greater Boston area. I’m keen to meet with Artisan leadership, members and stakeholders in the coming weeks — to get to work, and have some fun as well!”


Collectively, we have many hopes and expectations for Lars. But first, we celebrate! Join us in the Social Area on Thursday 9 August at 7:00 pm to meet Lars, new members, and existing members to share your story, your art, and your projects.


Individually, we have even more hopes. Lars looks forward to meeting with all of you in the coming weeks and months to discuss these thoughts and better understand how to serve our mission. He approaches the Asylum with both relevant experience and a fresh outlook. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to fix what needs fixing while doubling down on all the things we do so well. Yea us!

Here is the official press release, go sing from the mountaintops! Tweets are cool too 🙂 #WelcomeLarstoA2