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Artisan’s Asylum is a non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design and fabrication.
About This Cause
Artisan’s Asylum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization furnishing education, tools, workspace, and community to empower dedicated fabricators, including hobbyists, artists, and early stage entrepreneurs, to create on a small or large scale. We currently serve the Somerville, regional and global creative community including arts and innovation economy with the goal of making the world a place where anyone can give form to their ideas.
For the last ten years we have supported nearly 600 members annually by providing 24-hour access to 160 studios, 14 shops and shared work spaces. Our shops include wood , metal, fiber arts, digital fabrication, jewelry, and electronics and robotics. Since 2010 we have delivered an average of 2,280 hours of instruction each year serving 1,470 students and providing $115,000 in instructor wages. We estimate that Artisans has generated
$70M in economic activity, including the launch of 25 startups and creation of 150 jobs during our first 10 years.
As a dynamic, member supported fabrication hub, we are at an exciting turning point. Over the next year we will relocate to 52,500 SF in Allston-Brighton and begin our transformation into a community-wide resource for creativity, lifelong learning, innovative entrepreneurship and wonder in Boston.