Welcome Back! Artisan’s Asylum Is Safely Reopening Our Facilities for Classes

DATE:  July 20, 2020     CATEGORIES:  Classes

To our wonderful community—On Aug. 1, Artisan’s Asylum will officially resume limited, in-person classes and tool testing sessions, enabling our creative students and members to return to learning, teaching and making. This good news comes with a responsibility we take very seriously at the Asylum: the health and safety of our members, instructors, students and staff. 

Returning students familiar with our classes will spot many changes to class structure and throughout our facilities—all carefully implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone on site safe. The Artisan’s Reopening Team, comprised of board members, members, instructors and staff, has closely examined data and guidelines from the CDC and the State of Massachusetts to develop comprehensive protocols that go above and beyond to maintain a safe and healthy environment. This approach is enabling us to safely welcome back students. 

Our robot greeters support mask wearing. Please wear your mask while on site.

Masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer—here’s what else to expect when you take a class this Fall.

One of the biggest changes is our class sizes, which have been reduced to allow space for social distancing in shops and classrooms. Classes held in many of the shops will be limited to private sessions to train and test out on tools at Artisan’s. Other shops will be able to safely accommodate 2–5 students with one instructor, depending on the size of the classroom or shop space. 

Reminders to social distance are also posted throughout the facilities. Adjustments will also be made to in-class demonstrations to prevent students from crowding together in a group.

ALL students, instructors, members and staff at Artisan’s Asylum are required to wear masks properly, with no exceptions. All masks must cover both your nose and mouth. People not wearing their mask properly will not be admitted to our facility and may be asked to leave if they remove their mask while on-premise. 

When arriving for class, students must:
1. Sign Artisan’s guest log at the kiosk;
2. Complete a COVID-19 self assessment at the front desk;
3. Get a name tag from the front desk; and
4. Either wait to be led to the shop or proceed there, if you are familiar with our facility.

(Note: If you are signed up for a class and are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. We will work with you to reschedule the class for a later date after you are feeling better.) 

Class times have been staggered to make sure only a few students are waiting in our lobby before the start of classes. For your safety, please do not wander around the facility. If you arrive early, you will be asked to wait at one of the hot desks in the social area. After class, please remember to sign out in the guest book.

We are taking extra precautions to keep our environment clean. Prior to classes, all surfaces will be sanitized, and PPE or tools used in-house will be disinfected before and after each session. During classes, the instructors will also ensure all work surfaces, tools and accessories remain clean and sanitized between student use and have been provided with the equipment ahead of time.

Hand sanitizer is available for students near the front desk and throughout the facilities. Students also have access to soap and water at the washing station. 

We can also accommodate private classes for couples and other small groups. For more information, visit: https://artisansasylum.com/private-classes/.

To limit the length of classes and time spent on site, some instructors may provide students with pre-class preparations to be completed at home and/or video instruction. Please make sure to read all information regarding the class prior to its date so you don’t miss out on important information regarding this hybrid approach to learning.

Also while Massachusetts moves forward with its careful reopening plan, the COVID-19 pandemic remains serious. It’s important to us that everyone in our community feels safe. We understand that many of our students and members may not be ready to come back into our facilities at this time. We will continue to offer our virtual classes to ensure our community has access to quality education and the ability to express themselves creatively at home. 

Find a full list of our virtual classes online: https://artisansasylum.com/classes/

“Making sure you’re safe while learning is a top priority for us,” says Director of Education Anne Wright. “We look forward to welcoming back our students and instructors, and ask that you observe these safety policies when taking a class at our Somerville facility. Our Reopening Committee has provided valuable guidelines that allow us to open our doors to students in the safest way possible. We’ll continue to add more private and semi-private classes to our schedule so that you can come in to be trained on equipment, or you can enjoy a private or semi private making class with a spouse, friend or close family. We’ve got that covered!”