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Our Roadmap for the Next Year

Architectural rendering of the exterior of Artisan’s Asylum’s proposed new home in Allston-Brighton. Image courtesy of Analogue Studio.

In the coming months, Artisan’s Asylum will undergo what is perhaps the most fundamental transformation we’ve ever experienced as an organization and as a community. It will require of us bravery, patience, perseverance, creativity, camaraderie, and grace. By the time November 2021 rolls around, we’ll be a recognizable and yet thoroughly rewired entity.

We’d like to share the essence of that transformation with you, and invite your participation in our journey.

Here are three ways we’ll change:

  1. 1. Our Move. After ten years of service in Somerville, the writing is on the wall. Our scale, the cost of real estate, and our mission are no match for the market dynamics at play and we’ve had to look farther afield. After 18 months in the real estate market, we have found an exciting partner in Allston-Brighton; we’ll be making that announcement soon. And we’ll be asking for your support to complete our $700,000 capital campaign to get us there.
  2. 2. Dismantling Privilege. We’re committed to examining the ways White supremacy and White privilege impact our organization, and to break apart our linkages. We’re going to rewrite our operating system and build a better, more inclusive, and more vibrant organization in the months and years ahead. This means we’ll be identifying new ways of being, creating new community relationships and partnerships, and working in new ways.
  3. 3. PPE Production. We can’t predict where the pandemic is going, and the fall presents a waterfall of challenges. We’re committed to using our ingenuity, talent and resources to fill gaps in PPE supplies wherever we can. This includes sustaining gown production, restarting shield production if it is needed, and identifying new ways to support our health and care givers across sectors.
A mix of volunteer and paid workers power the community-centered work of “Gowntown,” Artisan’s ongoing effort to contribute to the national PPE shortage.

We’re excited about the work ahead. We recognize the tremendous amount of work involved, and our confidence in the outcomes and community impact is unwavering. You can join us in this effort by:

  1. 1. Keep in touch. Join our mailing list and get updates on our journey; find ways you can pitch in! Subscribe here.
  2. 2. Volunteer with us. We have many opportunities; one of the best ways to begin is at Gowntown. Sign up here.
  3. 3. Become a member. All members inform the ideas we work with, and the work that we accomplish. Join here.
  4. 4. Make a gift. We rely on individual donors to fill about a 10 percent gap in earned income. Give here.

If you have an interest in learning more, and about other ways to support Artisan’s Asylum, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Executive Director Lars Hasselblad Torres at ed at artisansasylum dot com.

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