Events for Members & Friends

Our incredible community of members and friends enjoy regular events including potlucks, social nights, speakers, design challenges, product demos, field trips and more. Become a member or friend today!
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 Potlucks & Quarterly Town Halls


Every quarter we gather to share a potluck meal with fellow members and hear from staff & volunteers about our accomplishments and ways you can get involved. These are official business meetings of the organization and voting members are able to bring up new business at the end of each meeting.

RSVP and sign-up for the potlucks here!

2018 Schedule TBA – All Sundays, potluck starts at 5PM, Meeting 6-8PM


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 donation from the public. Check out our current line-up!

Social Nights

Often themed and sponsored by our members, these events offer everyone a chance to kick-back and relax on our social area over some light fare. We sometimes open our social nights for outside sponsorship; past sponsors have included Rapid Metals, OnShape, Circuit Scribe, Metal Supermarkets, Sterritt Lumber, Solidworks and more. Want to sponsor a social night? Let us know!


Design Challenges

Design Challenges are opportunities for members to create new work for a specific project individually or on teams.
Red Bull FlugTag Promotional Craft Project
Red Bull challenged Artisan’s Asylum members to create two Red Bull Flugtag media crafts to use during the Red Bull Flugtag. Learn more about what it was like to build these on our blog and see one of them in action!


The What Sphinx pilot in flight.

Inside Out Gallery Project
Artisan’s Asylum was invited display a collaborative site-specific installation in the InsideOut Gallery in the CVS Windows in Davis Square for the month of July 2016. Coinciding with ArtBeat, the theme of the installation is “Roots”. Learn more about the project here.

Inside-Out Window

Photo courtesy of Heather Balchunas and the Somerville Arts Council

Samuel Adams Tap Handle Design Challenge
Samuel Adams have reached out to our community specifically to find their next tap handle design. After an open submission period, they funded the materials costs for the fabrication of their top picks, and award generous cash prizes. Congratulations to finalists Matthew P Thomas, Jimmie Rodgers, Emily Teich, Sarah Miller and grand prize winner Sean Shinnock.

Business Services (ongoing)

SCORE Mentoring Sessions for Artists & Makers, By Appointment — This is a free service offered to Artisan’s Asylum members and friends. Somerville’s SCORE mentor is Rahul Sheth, experienced management consultant and data scientist and will be holding office hours at FabVille at the Somerville High School every third Wednesday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Register for a free session. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE volunteers provide the specific advice and resources you need through customized, 1-on-1 or team mentoring. Our mentors work with you to identify opportunities and avoid threats to your success. With SCORE, you can feel confident knowing you have an experienced resource available for simple questions or complicated strategy development. Learn more about SCORE on their website.

Product Design Consultations, Every other Monday; Walk-in and By Appointment — This is a free services offered to Artisan’s Asylum members and friends. If you’ve got a project you’re thinking about developing for mass production, a working prototype, or just a sketch on the back of a napkin,these sessions aim to provide insights into the product development process,from user research and form development to prototyping, tooling and pitching. Consultations area available by appointment, so email abandazian at to reserve a half-hour slot.

Business Consulting for Artists & Makers: Office Hours, By Appointment — This is a free service offered to Artisan’s Asylum members and friends. Dan Trajman holds open hours by appointment for anyone who would like consultation on business-related concerns. To make an appointment with Dan, contact him at dtrajman AT

Arts Marketing and Business Development, Wednesdays 6-9pm — Free consultations offered to artists, makers, and craftspeople by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing. You make your art– then what? Where do you sell it, and to whom, and for how much? How do you put together all the pieces that can make a sustainable art life? These are questions both the beginner and the established professional need to address ongoingly. By appointment. Contact

Life on the Ledger: How to Make Your Art Add Up By appointment — Rich Streitfeld is a CPA with a purpose. His practice focuses on entrepreneurs, creatives and social enterprises – helping them thrive through tax planning, financial analysis and common sense. Nicknamed “Zen mensch accountant” because of his background, Rich speaks about Arts and Business for national webinars and live audiences, and pioneered local presentations on same sex financial planning. Rich is a partner with ALSD, a firm with noted expertise in non-profits. You can find out more than you need to know about Rich” on his company’s website,, where you can also find issues of his singular newsletter, “Dispatches from the Zen Mensch.” Contact


Field Trips


SoWa First Fridays – October 2016
Head to SoWa First Fridays to see the work of Artisan’s Member Liao Fei, a visiting artist from China and Yve Yang Gallery’s current international resident. Meet at the Yve Yang Gallery around 6:30PM. Learn more about Yve Yang Gallery here

American Precision Museum Behind the Scenes Tour – September 2015



Product Demos and Skill Shares

Vendors of various types often run demos and skill shares in our space for members. Get in touch if you’d like to share your product or service with your membership!