Become a Supporter

Our supporter program welcomes all kinds: artists, makers, hobbyists, volunteers, patrons, muses, and accomplices.

Supporters contribute $23.33/month, and receive full use of the space and certain equipment, 24/7, and invites to all our events and big builds. Your dues support local artists and the community, bringing more art to the Mission, San Francisco, and the world.

Benefits for You

As a supporter, you’ll be one of us. That means:

  • 24/7 access to the workshop
  • Access to our community tool bay (non-powered only)
  • Training classes for equipment and techniques
  • Learning from professional artists
  • Invitations to artist socials, performances, and auctions

If you want to use power tools or other electrical equipment (e.g. CNC, Glowforge, 3D printers), consider joining at the Member level instead; it’s $83.33/month, and includes two free CNC hours and a big bin for project storage.

Impact of Your Support

Your monthly dues help us provide affordable workspace for artists in the heart of San Francisco, which is:

  • Equipped for working with a variety of materials, from metal to wood to electronics
  • Easily accessible via public transit–vital for volunteer teams
  • Conducive to growth and skill development via collaboration and mentorship between artists
  • Flexible enough to accommodate even very large projects
  • Welcoming to all genders, colors, cultures, and identities

Our workspace is a dream come true for us, and we are super grateful to have your help in making it sustainable.


Q: How does joining work?
A: It’s a pretty simple process:

  • Click “Sign Up Today” above to setup Square autopay
  • Email to schedule your welcome tour
  • Visit to take the tour, fill out waiver, and receive a key
  • Join and email to introduce yourself!

Q: Are annual payment plans available?
A: Yes, and we offer a 10% discount for supporters who pay annually. You can sign up for annual billing here.

Q: Should I clean up between working sessions?
A: Yes. Upside is a shared space, and there might be other people who need space before you get back. Fortunately we have several options for onsite storage. If it’s impractical to clean up, just chat with our Ops Team about temporarily reserving space.

Q: Do you accept donations?
A: Yes! Monetary, material, or equipment donations are all gratefully accepted. Please just contact us to discuss.

Q: What if I need more space for a big project?
A: Exciting! We offer project leases for team builds.

Q: Is storage space available?
A: Yes! See complete price list here.

Q: How are supporters different from members?
A: The Member level is designed for creatives who regularly initiate their own projects, and so includes use of power tools, equipment, and some project storage. These folks are serious about making art, so $83.33/month is not a bother.

The Supporter level is designed for more casual creatives and friends, who volunteer to help with projects, create their own projects sporadically, or simply want to help make Upside a sustainable place for the creative community. So for these folks we offer lower-priced access.

Q: What if I have other questions?
A: Just email us.