Multi-Use Studio Experiment in Housatonic, MA


Resources for MUSE members

MUSE is based on a principle that designing and creating artwork and objects in a community helps everyone and encourages better work. We have found a handful of resources helpful in achieving this.


Barter does not mean free. It is important that all terms of barter are written and agreed upon upfront. Will you trade for market value of goods and services? Or will you use a time bank model? Here are some resources to help you decide:
About Time Banks
Bartering considerations

This is at the heart of MUSE’s mission. Agreed upon terms of collaboration are also key to happy partnerships! Here are some resources for helping you set up a happy collaboration. Key considerations include time, scope, copyright, credit, decision-making, accountability and termination of agreements. It is not aggressive or unkind to discuss these things up front— rather it is respectful. Here are some resources to help guide you":
Sample Collaboration Agreement
Collaboration Theory and Resources
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

* We are all working artists and artisans, so not every minute is perfect for collaboration. Make sure you ask people if it is a good time to talk, or if you should come back another time. Consider sending an email or text, and always knock!

Fire safety drills occur regularly. We have cameras and key codes with an audit trail. The safety and security of MUSE tenants is a top priority. Here are some suggestions for how to keep your own space safe:

  • Ventilate!

  • Keep your space tidy.

  • Keep solvents in their original containers that has the label of exactly what it is on it, and sealed when not in use. Store them away from heat and flames. If you use mineral spirits or turps, consider switching to odorless version.

  • Don’t dispose of paints or solvents down the sink.

  • Rest. Alertness helps you stay safe!

More on studio safety practices:
Art Safety Guide (Princeton)