A program at The Foundry is any class or gathering that is open to the public or available to an audience via invites or pre-registration. Examples can include a weekly dance class, an educational panel about Black History month, or a monthly sewing circle.
A program can be a one-time, weekly, or weeklong event.
Visit your preferred room's page to submit a booking request.
Shop 2: Demonstration Kitchen
Cooking/baking demonstrations, cottage food preparation, nutrition courses, recipe testing, potlucks
Meetings, conference calls, brainstorming sessions
Meetings, brainstorming sessions, onboardings, tutoring, language classes, book clubs, study groups
Meetings, conference calls, brainstorming sessions
Medium-large group meetings, presentations, private gatherings
Prototyping, building, hackathons, class demonstrations
Clothing mending, embroidery, costume design, fashion design
Jewelry making, electronics repair, metalwork
Set building, woodworking classes, furniture making, sculpture
Dance rehearsals, yoga classes, fitness courses
Lecture series, dance recitals, theater performances
Art expos, fashion shows, maker markets, vendor fairs
Conference Room & Gallery
Gallery shows, board meetings, brainstorming sessions
Can I bring food to The Foundry?
Yes, you can bring food to The Foundry and eat in any of the rooms except the maker spaces. If you are looking to bring in catering for an event, we do not have any restrictions on who you work with.
Can I host a program past 8 pm?
For now our operating hours only extend until 8 pm.
Where can I store my belongings while I'm attending an event or class?
Participants are welcome to store their belongings in the room they're in for a program. There are also public lockers available across from the first-floor bathrooms.
How do I host a weekly/recurring event at The Foundry?
Weekly programs are selected on a quarterly basis for up to twelve (12) weeks of programming per season. Our call for programs is distributed about two months before the start of each season.
Do I have to be a Cambridge resident to reserve a room for my program?
No! Any programs that meet our community guidelines and make positive use of the space are welcome at The Foundry!
Does the Foundry handle program participant registration?
The program provider is responsible for managing participant registration. Events open to the public will be posted on our website if the provider has completed our publicization form received upon reservation confirmation.
What is The Foundry’s program reservation cancellation/refund policy?
You must cancel 48 hours before the start of the event for a full refund. If the event needs to be rescheduled rather than canceled, and a future date is found, The Foundry will apply payments to the future event. Please note that we cannot guarantee availability.
When will I know if my program reservation is approved?
You will know your reservation is approved when you receive a “Request Accepted” email from our booking system.
How do I get there using public transit?
The building is 0.4 miles away from the Kendall MIT stop where you can catch the red line and 64, 68, 85, CT2, 64, 68, and 85 buses. The building is 0.5 miles away from the Lechmere stop where you can catch the green line and 69, 80, 87, and 88 buses. You can find walking directions to The Foundry here.
What is the parking situation like?
We don't have designated parking, so your best bet would be finding public parking on the neighboring streets (Third St, Rogers St, Fifth Street). There are also a number of parking garages in the area if you need a longer term solution. We have a loading area if you need to pick up or drop off large objects, but you'll need to find parking after dropping off. See parking options here.
How can I get The Foundry to promote my public event?
When you reserve a room, we will send you a link to a form that asks for a list of details about your event. This information will allow us to publicize your event on our events page, social media, and weekly events e-newsletter.
Please note: If you do not submit your event by 10 am the Friday before your event, your event will not be included in next week's e-newsletter and social post. It will still be included on our website.
Where can I view your harassment policy?
You can view our harassment policy here.
Does the Foundry have COVID-19 Policies?
All Foundry employees will be required to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. Mask use is encouraged within the indoor spaces of The Foundry to help protect our most vulnerable community members. Mask use will be encouraged for all visitors to the Foundry building, and masks will be on hand for those who need one. In the event of a surge in cases for Covid-19 or any other public health crisis disease, The Foundry will comply with and follow local City of Cambridge guidelines and regulations.
How does The Foundry decide what programs happen in the building?
Any programs that meet our community guidelines and make positive use of the space are welcome at The Foundry! For more information about how we prioritize programming when there are several competing requests view our Program Rubric here.
Where can I view your community guidelines?
You can view our community guidelines here.
Where can I view your space reservation guidelines?
You can view our space reservation guidelines here.
How does the Sliding Scale Policy work?
Our reservation and membership prices are available at discounted rates based on organization operating budgets or personal income brackets.
See our Sliding Scale Policy here.