In The Media


The People Who Stay
Harvard Crimson, March 4, 2021

For Artisan’s Asylum, Moving Day Is Coming
Harvard Gazette, January 14, 2021


Volunteers are making isolation gowns, while at the same time giving some a second chance
Fox25 News, August 4, 2020

Gown for the cause: A major community-based ppe facility blossoms in Allston
DIG Boston, August 3, 2020

A pop-up for these times: Welcome to Gowntown
WGBH Boston, July 21, 2020

An Asylum In Allston: Nonprofit Artisans Group Will Use Harvard Property to Make PPE Gowns
Harvard Gazette, June 17, 2020

Two helpers who have been making personal protective gear throughout at a shared work space
In It Together, WGBH, June 8, 2020

Plan C: An Asylum Saves Us
Make Magazine, May 20, 2020

Attention Somerville Artists: Submit Proposals for ‘Somernova Art Project’
Wicked Local,  May 18, 2020

A Day at the Artisan’s Asylum
Scout Somerville, April 22, 2020

The Man Behind the Machine Behind the Masks
News at Northeastern, April 21, 2020

Artists put their skills to work making PPE for front-line medical workers
Boston Globe, May 5, 2020

Somerville artists to make masks, hospital gowns for health care workers on front lines against coronavirus
Boston Herald, March 31, 2020

Coronavirus crisis prompts Somerville artists to make masks, hospital gowns for health care workers
Boston Herald, March 31, 2020

3D printer groups continue working round the clock to help 2020 PPE shortage
Forbes, March 30, 2020

Somerville community sews masks for local hospitals
Wicked Local, March 26, 2020

Somerville artisan coalition working to make gear for hospitals amid shortage
Boston 25 News, March 23, 2020

‘How do we build community through this?’: Local Businesses React To Coronavirus
Scout Somerville, March 16, 2020


Spaceships and Superheroes: Somerville’s Twist on a Biker Gang
Scout Somerville, October 14, 2019

Meet The Artist Behind 50 Years’ Worth Of Hollywood Costume Design — Including Star Trek
WGBH, October 4, 2019

Aleef Mahmud: A resident of the Asylum brings artificial intelligence and poetry to Somerville
Somerville Times, September 18, 2019

Alien Adornment: Famed Star Trek Jewelry Designer Maggie Schpak to be Honored at Artisan’s Asylum
DIG Boston, September 18, 2019


December 11th, 2018 — Boston Magazine: Has Boston Given Up on God?

October 26, 2018 — Fast Company: This city is angling to build the East Coast’s next innovation hub

August 8th, 2018 — Boston Inno: For Millennial Collectors, Art is Just Not for Art’s Sake

July 25th, 2018 — Scout Somerville: Meet Artisan’s Asylum’s New Executive Director

June 6th, 2018 — Somerville Media Center: Hello Neighbor | Artisan’s Asylum (video)

April 15th, 2018 — The Boston Globe: In fast-changing Union Square, a business park commands a premium price

April 4th, 2018 — Scout SomervilleFinding Room for Art

February 23rd, 2018 — The Boston Globe: – This chair will tell you when to move – Our own Simon Hong discusses his ‘StandEx!’


December 7th, 2017 — Wheel:Life: – Making Adaptive Climbing More Accessible with Arthur Torrey – a feature on one of our awesome members!

November 16th, 2017 — Scout Somerville: Nibble to Open Kitchen in Bow Market – about one of three MassDevelopment grant recipients, including Artisan’s Asylum!

October 17th, 2017 — The Makery: Artisan’s Asylum, the cradle of giant robots in Boston

September 23rd, 2017 — The Boston Globe: This is a Fluff story about Somerville

September 13th, 2017 — Wicked Local: Somerville’s Vindor Music to launch line of easy-to-learn instruments – a member project

September 11th, 2017 — EE Times: Engineering and Origami: Both Based on Math – A feature on Artisan’s member Andrew Anselmo

August 4th, 2017 — The Boston Globe: This 16-foot-tall robot — complete with cannons — is ready for battle

August 4th, 2017 — Artnet: Lab Introduces Singularity Black, the Blackest Paint—And You Don’t Have to Be Anish Kapoor to Use It

July 25th, 2017 — Culture Trip: Activities to Enjoy Alone in Boston

July 7th, 2017 — Artscope: Donna Dodson’s Making Connections, New American Public Art Feature

June 26th, 2017 — Tested: Adam Savage’s Maker Tour: Making a Metal Fidget Spinner

June 22nd, 2017 — The Burning Man Journal: #WeekofMaking: Mad About Making At Artisan’s Asylum

June 19th, 2017 — Tested: Adam Savage’s Maker Tour: Artists of Artisan’s Asylum

June 19th, 2017 — Make: This Week in Making: Adam Savage’s Makerspace Tour, Duct Tape Prom Dresses, and More

June 12th, 2017 — Tested: Adam Savage’s Maker Tour: Artisan’s Asylum

April 14th, 2017 — WCVB’s Chronicle: Religion: Millennials Looking Elsewhere

April 5th, 2017 — EE Times: Maker Space: Electronics, Mechanics, and Art

March 20th, 2017 — Punished Props: Touring the Artisans Asylum, 40k Square Foot Makerspace in Boston

March 1st, 2017 — Scout Somerville: Art for All

February 16th, 2017 — CNN: Turning Thai traditions into modern inventions

February 10th, 2017 — WBUR: The Jewelry Of Burning Man Comes To Fuller Craft Museum

January 27th, 2017 — Boston Magazine: A Vending Machine Is Spitting Out 2,000 3D-Printed Roosters on the Greenway


Dcember 14, 2016 — Scout Somerville: Battling Bots Take Over The City

November 17, 2016 — The Daily Free Press: MASSDestruction robot competition encourages engineering, camaraderie

October 31, 2016 — WBUR: Co-Working: Work Spaces Beyond Starbucks And The Home Office Expand In Boston

October 4, 2016 — On Being: How We Gather (Part 4): Becoming Our Aspirational Selves

September 28, 2016 — newTV: Innovation Showcase

August 11, 2016 — Spotted by Locals: Artisan’s Asylum: A communal lab for mad science

July 22, 2016 — Scout Somerville: Artisan’s Asylum Is Going International

July 2016 — PSFK: Artisan’s Asylum named one of Boston’s Top Incubators

May 16, 2016 — Boston Mini Maker Faire: Meet the Maker: Artisan’s Asylum

April 13, 2016 — Abigail Oglivy: 5 Events to Check out at ArtWeek Boston 2016

March 31, 2016 — PRWeb: Boston Children’s Museum to Host Boston’s First Maker Faire

February 24, 2016 —The Somerville News Weekly: Somerville Awarded $200,000 to Create Fab Lab at Somerville High School in Latest “Innovation City” Initiative

February 18, 2016 — TBS’s America’s Greatest Makers: Digital Channel Ep. 109

January 17, 2016 — Kyle Coston, Tonight!: Kyle Coston, On The Street! At Artisan’s Asylum!

January 4, 2016 — Boston Magazine: “Class It Up: 21 Ways to Become a Better You in 2016


December 16, 2015 — The Somerville Times: “Aeronaut Brewing Offers a Sip of Brew and a Taste of the Arts

November 2015 — Places: “Makerspace: Towards a New Civic Infrastructure

November 19, 2015 — Arduino: “Artisan’s Asylum, the largest hacker/maker space in the US

November 19, 2015 — The Boston Metro: “What to do in Boston this weekend: Nov. 19 – Nov. 22, 2015

November 12, 2015 — BU Today: “Nightlife: Escape Velocity at Artisan’s Asylum

November 6-7, 2015 – Angie Thurston & Casper ter Kuile – “How we gather”, paper and gathering at the Harvard Divinity School

November 6, 2015 – The Boston Metro:Former BattleBots’ engineer training Boston artisans for robotic warfare

October 21, 2015 — Make: “Zen and the Art of Microscope Maintenance

July 27, 2015 — Hackaday: “The Best of Boston Hackers at Artisan’s Asylum

July 1, 2015 – Make: “48 Solenoids Transform This 1960s Typewriter into a Computer Printer”

June 14, 2015 — Make: “3Doodler Creator Shares His Experience from Makerspace to Market

June 3, 2015 — CityLab (a division of The Atlantic): “Matching Affordable Housing with Affordable Working

June 2, 2015 — Beta Boston (a Boston Globe Site): “Will Somerville get a new makerspace between Tufts and Davis Square?

June 1, 2015 — DE Desktop Engineering: “Makerspaces Carve Out a Niche with Pros

March 25, 2015 — The Boston Globe: “Somerville spot hosts robots and those who build them

February 14, 2015 — The Boston Globe: “Somerville’s adopt-an-identity opportunities


October 3, 2014 — Boston Magazine: “Somerville Designers Are Building Giant ‘MegaBots’ With Missile-Launching Capabilities” (a project fabricated at Artisan’s Asylum!)

September 3, 2014 — Motherboard: “I Infiltrated a Mutant Hacker Bike Gang

August 31, 2014 — Boston Globe: “In Somerville, shuttered factory now a hub of innovation

August 11, 2014 — “Inside the Artisan’s Asylum

August 4, 2014 — USA Today: “The Maker movement makes its mark

July 29, 2014 — Make: “40 Most Interesting Makerspaces in America

July 24, 2014 — Takei’s Take BostonGeorge Takei Trains a Robot

June 29, 2014 — Forbes China Artisan’s Asylum is highlighted

June 26, 2014 — Circuit Cellar: “Artisan’s Asylum

June 25, 2014 — Somerville Times: “Artisan’s Asylum: A Warehouse of Creativity in the Old Ames Envelope Building

May 7, 2014 — Wicked Local Somerville: “Somerville workspaces used as models for state efforts

May 1, 2014 — Beta Boston (a Boston Globe Site) Artisan’s Asylum: Building dreams, one business at a time” (Article written by our own K. Gretchen Greene!)

April 30, 2014 — NPR’s All Tech Considered: “High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big” Sidebar “A Growth Spurt for Makerspaces” highlights Artisan’s Asylum.

April 24th, 2014 — Artisan’s Asylum Autonomous Robot Competition

Coverage of our Autonomous Combat Robots Design Challenge, April 12-27, 2014:

Promotional coverage of our participation in Boston’s first-ever Design Week, March 2014:

March 11, 2014 — DigBoston: “Meet the daredevils behind the notorious Bowl of Death in Somerville” (Profile of Paul Carson’s Velodrome event)

January 27, 2014 — Peabody Essex Museum: “In 3D” (story from someone who took Intro to 3D Modeling here)


October 15, 2013 — NYTimes Op-Ed: “After the Jobs Disappear

October 7, 2013 — Boston.comSomerville Mini Maker Faire 2013

July 24, 2013 — “The Innovators: Artisan’s Asylum

June 17, 2013 — Inside the HiveInside Artisan’s Asylum, the Somerville hackerspace making waves — and giant robots

April 23, 2013 — Education Week: “What to Make of the Makers?

April 18, 2013 — “Tour of Artisan’s Asylum, Spring 2013” Brandon Stafford

February, 2013 — Imagine: “Artisan’s Asylum – From Making Envelopes to Pushing the Envelope

February 22, 2013 – How 2 Today: “The Development of 3Doodler

February 21, 2013 — The Boston Globe: “In Somerville and Lowell, do-it-yourselfers making it work

February 20, 2013 — BostInno: “‘Artists Can Literally Draw in the Air’ – This 3D Pen is Currently Killing It On Kickstarter

February 17, 2013 — “Kids turn e-waste into art at Hacker Junk school vacation classes

February 10, 2013 — Boston Herald: “A blizzard of fun!

February 8, 2013 — “Two snow-figure making armies to battle for dominence in Union and Davis squares Saturday

February 1, 2013 — “Craving chocolate? Head to Massachusetts (Page no longer available)


December 20, 2012 — Washington PostA crafts explosion in Somerville, Mass.

November 7, 2012 — Artisan’s Asylum is awarded “Best Non-profit of Somerville” by the Somerville Chamber of Commerce and honored at their Annual Dinner.

November 11, 2012 – Riding Shotgun: “Crabs Take Boston! – Riding Shotgun #10

August 2012 – Project Hexapod’s Stompy Kickstarter goes live!

July 2012 – Best of Boston 2012 Awards

June 13-20, 2012 – visited the Asylum and featured a number of our renters in their blog:

May 21-23, 2012 – One of our artists’ Dig boxes goes missing.

June 13, 2012 – “Rascal Micro hands-on

June 2, 2012: “SCUL Profile

May 16, 2012 – Rochester Maker Space blog: “Artisan’s Asylum” (Followup August 2: “A Quick Look Inside Artisan’s Asylum

May 10, 2012 – The Somerville Beat profiles Asylum member, renter, & instructor Skunk: “Open Studios: Skunk

May 6, 2012 – Boston Globe: “Catching a new wave of courses

May 2-3, 2012 – The Project Hexapod class goes public.

April 26, 2012 – Olin College of Engineering Post Graduate Planning Blog: “Come Play, Build, or Take Classes at the Asylum

April 19, 2012 – Cambridge Mini Maker Faire blog: “Artisan’s Asylum, partner of Cambridge Mini Maker Faire” (Page no longer available)

April 4, 2012 – “Shutterstory: Hack Together at Artisan’s Asylum

April 1, 2012 – Cambridge Innovation Center Blog: “Announcing Machine Shop for CIC Clients

March 28, 2012 – “Hack Together at Artisan’s Asylum

March 6, 2012 – “Shutterstory: Art at TedX Somerville” (Profile of installation by Asylum members Bevan Weissman and Dan Sternoff-Byer)

March 2012 – Boston Magazine: “Best Places to Live 2012” Artisan’s Asylum is listed as one of the reasons why Somerville is one of the best places to live in the greater Boston area. (Page not longer available)

February 28, 2012: “Pimp My Box: Episode 1

February 28, 2012 – “Dig Boston Box Redux: Pimped!

February 23, 2012: “Motorized Barber Chair @ Artisan’s Asylum

February 14, 2012: “The Artisan’s Asylum by Bicycle” (Thanks to )

February 9, 2012 – The Improper Bostonian: “Common Ground: Collaborative spaces grow big ideas

January 25, 2012 – Somerville News: “Mayor will push for greater collaboration with schools

January 16, 2012 – BostInno: “Robots, Woodworking, Welding & Fire-Eating: Somerville’s Craziest Coworking Space, Artisan’s Asylum

January 6, 2012 – THRILLIST: “Go Learn Something New: Three classes to make you a better fire eater person in 2012

January 2012 – Abstraks: “Artisan’s Asylum“, January Issue Feature Story


December 30, 2011 – Somerville Blog, Wicked Local Somerville: “My five favorite stories to report and write from 2011

December 11, 2011 – Somerville News: “Artisan’s Asylum Grand Opening

December 9, 2011 – Boston Globe: “Dream Space; A post-industrial garage is a haven for creative minds” (pdf)

December 9, 2011 – Wicked Local Somerville, also available in the Wicked Local, Milford Daily News, Wicked Local Salem: “Inside the Artisan’s Asylum: New Somerville space for local artists

December 8, 2011 – Wicked Local Somerville, also available in Taunton Daily Gazette: “New Artisan’s Asylum space in Somerville” photo feature. (Pages no longer available)

December 1, 2011 – Boston Herald: “Artisan’s Asylum, creative nerve center, blooms in Somerville

November 30, 2011 – Wicked Local Somerville: “New Artisan’s Asylum facility in Somerville to host grand opening” (Page no longer available)

November 22, 2011 – “Pimp My Dig Box

November 22, 2011 – The Arts Fuse: “Fuse Feature: Artisan’s Asylum – A Unique Organizational Mashup

November 22, 2011 – Suffolk University New England School of Art & Design Blog: “Visit to Artisan’s Asylum

November 14, 2011: “Materials Mania” Presentation at Artisan’s Asylum, part of NEFA’s Public Art Discussion Series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

November 6, 2011 – Somerville Patch: “Artisan’s Asylum Welcomes New Cohort of Craftspeople

October 24, 2011 – Somerville Patch: “Take a Bicycle Tour of the City’s Art Destinations

October 24, 2011 – Wicked Local Somerville: “‘Monster Mashed-up’ brings Halloween fun to Somerville’s streets” (Page no longer available)

October 18, 2011 – timborrego dot com: “Artisan’s Asylum Buildout

October 11, 2011 – The Somerville News: “A Mash and a Bash

October 2011: Somerville Arts Council SCATV program, Culture Club: “Episode 2: Arts Leaders of Somerville

August 29, 2011 – SHIFTboston: “Take a Break at the Artisan’s Asylum

August 24, 2011 – View our most recent press release!

August 22, 2011 – Somerville Patch: “Micro-Manufacturing: Sindrian Arts + Artisan’s Asylum” (Page no longer available) The same piece is available on the Design Annex website as “Somerville Design Profile: Artisan’s Asylum & Sindrian Arts” and on the Union Square Main Streets blog as “Interview with Artisan’s Asylum & Sindrian Arts

August 16, 2011 – Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development website: “Business Success Story – Artisan’s Asylum

August 10, 2011 – Somerville Patch: “Artisan’s Asylum’s New Digs: More Space, Tools, Classes, Craftspeople

July 13, 2011 – Olin College of Engineering website: “Alumni Venture, Artisan’s Asylum, Expands to Accommodate Growing Need for Artist Workspace” (Page no longer available)

July 8, 2011: SCUL and Artisan’s Asylum are featured on Season 1, Episode 3 “Boston” of the new TV travel show Young, Broke & Beautiful.

July 7, 2011 – “Artisan’s Asylum to hold open house at expanded workshop

June 29, 2011 – Union Square Main Streets blog: “Artisan’s Asylum, Growing Fast!

January 21, 2011 – “When the weather outside is frightful

January 18, 2011 – Time Out Boston: “Snow Art Flash Mob in Union Square” (Page no longer available

January 17, 2011 – Metro Boston: “Snow Art Transforms Somerville Square” (Page no longer available)

January 17, 2011 – Somerville Patch: “Snow Art Flash Mob Creates Wintry Art, and an Epic Snowball Fight” (Page no longer in avaialble)


December 31, 2010 – Time Out Boston: “Detox: Your tech addition

December 23, 2010 – “DIY elves take over the Asylum

December 22, 2010 – Dig Boston: “How to… a resolution roundup

December 19, 2010 – Boston Globe Magazine: “Best of the New

November 12, 2010 – Somerville News: “The Crazy Wisdom of a Community Manufacturing Facility

November 11, 2010 – MSN Local Edition: “Socket to Me

October 29, 2010 – Somerville Patch: “A Bird? A Plane? A Nerd Bicycle Gang!”

October 27, 2010 – VIMBY: “Take on the Machine” (video series; check out the other hackerspaces, too!) Episode 1 and Episode 2 (Videos no longer available)

October 24, 2010 – Boston Globe Magazine: “Hammer time

October 21, 2010 – Somerville Scout: “These CupCakes also kick ass

October 18, 2010 – Somerville Patch: “A Video Peek at Artisan’s Asylum: A New and Growing Arts Center” (Video no longer available)

October 8, 2010 – Wired: “Hackerspaces Go Head-to-Head in Maker Challenge.”

September 9, 2010 – Weekly Dig: “Artisan’s Asylum: Union Square Goes Back to School.” (PDF)

July 10, 2010 – The Somerville News: “New Union Square space offers artists room for creativity.”