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Learn. Make. Collaborate!

DATE:  June 12, 2019     CATEGORIES:  Outreach

Artisan’s Asylum and the Somerville Media Center are centers of excellence in making vibrant, vital arts experiences accessible to the public, including young people of middle and high school ages. Both organizations have an interest in tapping new audiences while maximizing existing resources and capacity.

Artisan’s Asylum and the Somerville Media Center are centers of excellence in making vibrant, vital arts experiences accessible to the public, including young people of middle and high school ages. Both organizations have an interest in tapping new audiences while maximizing existing resources and capacity.

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Artisan’s Asylum and the Somerville Media Center are centers of excellence in making vibrant, vital arts experiences accessible to the public, including young people of middle and high school ages. Both organizations have an interest in tapping new audiences while maximizing existing resources and capacity.
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Technology is a tool, and like a shoe being used to drive a nail, it can be used in ways that it was never intended but compelling none the less. Mac’s work deals with the translations of the languages around technology and data and how it can be so meaningful yet irrelevant at the same time. In making, he primarily uses digital methods to produce physical objects and interactions, such as 3D printing or digitally controlled motors to actualize those things that exist solely as code. He draws inspiration from the subversion of popular iconography and other signifiers, internet culture, and a hearty love of Dada.


A mutual ongoing goal is to collaborate in a meaningful and productive way that supports and elevates each organization’s mission and visibility. The two organizations came up with an agreement to achieve just that.

Artisan’s Asylum is excited to provide membership, training, and fabrication support to the Somerville Media Center’s production team as they develop new prop elements for broadcast and Internet content. Artisan’s is also eager to tap SMC’s tools and expertise in production to advance our communication goals.  

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Pastry Queen is a bicycle maker, SCUL member, and an in-home chef! Learn more her how she’s used bicycles to support citizen diplomacy abroad!

“Artisan’s is a community flush with ideas, talent and the resources to help translate those ideas into reality. We are immeasurably enriched and that much more effective when we have the opportunity to collaborate with anchor community organizations like the Somerville Media Center (SMC) to share, learn and grow together,” said Artisan’s Asylum Executive Director Lars Hasselblad Torres. “Joint production of media and theater assets that add value to both organizations is a win-win. The three artists profiled in SMC’s latest content for us really captures the depth and breadth of talent and enthusiasm that forms the heart of the Asylum. SMC enables us to bottle that up and share it with the world.”

The Somerville Media Center is enthusiastic about using Artisan’s as a set design space as well as leveraging the content opportunities that arise from a makerspace community, including individual stories that can be captured within the Artisan’s Asylum community.

“To be able to work with Artisan’s Asylum to help design and build some custom set pieces for the SMC studio is tremendous,” shares Brian Zipp, SMC Executive Director. “Part of content creation is trying to come up with a distinct look and feel of your production. Over the course of 3 decades and thousands of shoots in the same studio space, it can become difficult trying to come up with a distinct look and feel for something new and different. The addition of these new set pieces adds a much needed infusion of freshness and novelty for our producers. We are truly grateful to Artisan’s Asylum to be able to get the training, access to equipment and building space, design and project guidance needed to make this work. And we are all too happy to help Artisan’s share its story through the video profiles of a few of its artists.”

The community is invited to a collaborative Artisan’s Asylum & Somerville Media Center Mixer where everyone can learn more about the nonprofits on [date and time].

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