Dear Studio Renter,
As we approach month number 4 in operation the Studio has come so far. From gathering community, minor space adjustments, to holding some really unique events such as Open Floor, a talk with Sidra Bell, and most recently Molly and Tessa Make A Dance. There are new wonderful classes and numerous rehearsals happening daily.
As we get more interest and embark on this new journey there has been a few learning curves:
The online scheduling system in all of it’s greatness of ease and transparency, has a few kinks to be worked out. I’m working them out as we speak. So if you see anything a little odd, don’t mind me, just trying to make the system even better. If you see everything working fine, even better 😉
Food and Trash:
As some of you may know there is no trash collection for the building. It means I’m taking trash to my home to dispose of it. As a center that is determined to feed off of everyone’s input, effort, and good judgement I kindly ask that you do not dispose of food-related items in the trash. It does not get emptied nightly. Recently, I am thinking on a carry out policy (like they do in State parks). I would provide small plastic bags and ask you to dispose of your trash outside the building (there is a City trash can right out front on street level).
There are no work studies as of right now, which also means that I am doing the trash disposing, sweeping, mopping, picking up, etc. Far from a hotel. We have no maid service.
As it gets hotter on these summer days, I ask that you kindly make sure the windows do get closed after your rental. Even if it’s in the middle of the day (or even morning). There is a chance no one is after you that day, which means the windows will be open all night. Any renter that leaves the window open will be an imposed a $25 fee (even if another renter left them open). I really hate to do it, but there already has been too many times I would walk in the morning and the windows would be wide open. If it were raining I could have walked into a real mess.
If you do move the barres, I ask you kindly to make sure they are left in a neat fashion with the bottoms at right angles perpendicular to the vertical supports. It seems silly, but it takes some strength, time, and effort to get them back to this position. This is less time I get to spend corresponding, promoting, developing programs, etc.
If you move any of the benches, chairs, etc. I ask that they get put back as well. As for reasons why, see above ^.
We are getting a new one (most likely in Mid to Late June)! Yaaaay! In preparation for this fabulous new addition I ask you to respect the sign on the door and refrain from wearing shoes that you wear on the street into the studio. I have been finding sand, and unless anyone is actually bringing their sandy feet directly from the beach, I’m not sure how that happens unless there are a few who don’t observe this rule.
If you want to reach out anytime I am here (on email) and in the studio sporadically throughout the week.
I thank you for enjoying the space. I appreciate your efforts in making the space enjoyable for all.
-- ___________________________________ Callie Chapman Director/Program Manager Studio@550 AN ARTISTS EXCHANGE 550 Mass. Ave. // Central Square Cambridge, MA 02139 www.studioat550.org [email protected]