Signing this Contract Agreement affirms that I understand its stipulations and that I agree to them.

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Contract Agreement

between the

Student Participant


the New York Studio Program


igning this Contract Agreement affirms that I understand its stipulations and that I agree to them. I understand also that the alternatives are to withdraw from the Program before signing or be subject to dismissal or, at the least, be subject to a negative evaluation and a failing grade.

In my intention to participate fully in the Program and to receive a passing grade and 15 credits for the semester, I agree to all of the following stipulations:

PART ONE Attendance

I must attend all of the sessions of the Contemporary Art Seminar, the Critique Sessions when I have signed up or am called upon to attend, and the scheduled Visiting Artist, Critics and Lecturers Sessions both at Parsons School of Design and at the Program.


I will carry out all activities and studies assigned by the faculty.

I will participate in all meetings and activities called by the director, staff or faculty, unless advised otherwise.

I will participate in the preparation and installation of the Open House Exhibition at the end of the semester., and will participate fully in the preparation, mailing and distribution of the

announcement postcard and publicity materials for the Open House Exhibition.

I will check the bulletin board for weekly scheduled activities and sessions and for changes.

I will carry out my duties as one of the three people assigned to the weekly rotating clean-up crew when I am scheduled to do so.

I will make any and all activities outside the Program, including jobs, secondary to the obligations to the Program stipulated above.


The principle that guides most of the rules of conduct is that:

NO ONE INDIVIDUAL IN THE GROUP HAS THE RIGHT TO DOMINATE THE ENTIRE SPACE AT ANY TIME. The Rules of Conduct are designed to insure the safe and proper operation of the Program for everyone, to protect your endeavors and your well-being, to safeguard the Program’s relationship with your School and with the building management, and to maintain a peaceful and cooperative atmosphere that lets you do what you came here to do, work independently in pursuit of your art.

These rules are supported by the majority of participating students. If you do not agree with any of them or are unwilling to cooperate with them, please reconsider your participation in the New York Studio Program.

1. Nothing loud flooding the entire space: no recorded music without earphones, no live music, singing or whistling, no loud conversation or laughter, nothing likely to disturb others from thinking and working.

2. No loud construction noises without warning others beforehand. 3. No entering the studio space of another without his/her o.k.

4. No prolonged conversation in a person’s space without his/her o.k.

5. No rude or insulting behavior, gestures or remarks to others in the Program, especially those related to a person’s physical characteristics, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender.

6. No borrowing of another person’s equipment or materials without his/her permission.

7. No taking of Program equipment off the premises without the knowledge and permission of the Program Director.

8. No defacement or damage to the equipment and physical facilities of the New York Studio Program or of the Greenwich Street building and property.

9. No leaving lights on, windows open, appliances on, or doors unlocked when they are not supposed to be and in a way that may endanger the safety of others or damage property.

10. No endangering of the health or life of others either through the willful or the ignorant use of toxic and noxious substances on the premises.

11. No smoking on the premises except in designated areas. Absolutely no smoking in

common areas. No leaving of butts, full ashtrays and discarded cigarette packs and wrappers scattered around the designated areas.

12. No consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises or in the building. No presence on the premises in an inebriated state.

13. No consumption of marijuana or narcotic substances on the premises or in the building. No presence on the premises in a stoned state.

14. No festive socializing or partying on the premises or in the building without the knowledge and permission of the Program Director.

15. No staying on the premises beyond the stated opening and closing hours and absolutely no spending the night on the premises.

16. No giving of your Program keys in original or duplicated form to anyone outside the Program, not even to friends and family.

Breaking of any of these Rules of Conduct is subject to a single warning and may lead to dismissal from the Program at any point.



Property Agreements Personal Property

I agree not to leave my property, including original art work, materials, tools, machines, furniture or other possessions, on the New York Studio Program premises in any period from my first arrival at the Program until my departure from the semester I am attending. In the event that I do leave it, I release the New York Studio Program, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the New School University/Parsons School of Design, and the Regal Management Company (owners of the building), and any and all individuals associated with those concerns, from any responsibility for its loss, damage or theft.

I agree that I am solely responsible for the disposition and condition of my property. Found Property and Objects

I agree that I will not bring into the Greenwich Street building, the New York Studio Program facility and my studio space, the following:

1. Any object taken from the Greenwich Street building, including those of its tenants.

2. Objects and signage in official current use by the City of New York and the State of New York and its agencies.

3. Objects and signage privately owned and in current use by a commercial establishment.

4. Any object that might cause harm or injury to the participants of the New York Studio Program or to the inhabitants of the Greenwich Street building or to pedestrians on the streets below, or cause damage to the New York Studio Program facility and to the Greenwich Street building; that is, anything:

a. with faulty electrical wiring or connections; b. that might cause water damage;

c. that might be too large or heavy for the weight load limit of the floor; d. that might foul the air with odor or toxic substances;

e. that might contain vermin, lice, cockroaches or other disease-bearing creatures.


work or constructed pieces because I know that both risk unpredictable consequences and might endanger life and destroy property. I will think it out and discuss it with my instructors, the studio manager and the program director.

2. I will not use large amounts of sand, stone, cement or dirt that could put excessive load on the floor and cause collapse.

3. I won’t use fixative or toxic and noxious sprays and substances in unventilated spaces where they can cause harm or sickness to my studio mates, not to mention to me.

4. I will not - repeat - will not clamp lights or hang anything from the fire sprinkler pipes on the ceiling. I will keep them absolutely clear.

5. I will not concoct zany electrical connections in my work and risk shock or fire.

6. I will not buy or use an electrical space heater until I consult with the program director or studio manager. I know that some are dangerous.

7. I won’t use more than the allocated 5 clamp lights in my space.

8. I will familiarize myself with the location and function of the two types of fire extinguishers in the space.

9. I will not use any tool or equipment in the workshop if I have not been trained in its use by the studio manager, technician or fellow student, and until then, I will use only the equipment that I affirmed I can use in the signed


I have read the following cautions about getting my work home at the end of the semester:

1. It’s a real hassle to pack and send very large work, rolls or stretchers. If you envision doing large or heavy work, just give a thought to how you’re going to get it home.

2. When you make up a package for UPS, you pay by weight. However, the measurements of the girth

(measurement of 4 sides totaled) plus one other side cannot exceed 130 inches. As for weight, we have a small scale, but you’re better off estimating weight by comparing it to your mate’s weight. Then you call for pick-up and arrange payment over the phone: 695-7500. If you send off your packages together, as a group, you can share the small pick-up fee.



The purpose of the following Guidelines is to insure the proper and safe operation of the Program, to protect your endeavors and well-being, to safeguard the program’s relationship with the private building management, and to maintain a peaceful and cooperative community atmosphere that lets you do what you came here to do, work independently and productively in pursuit of your art. All of the Guidelines and Rules of Conduct require your complete cooperation.

General Safety

1. Do not let anyone into the Program facility that you do not know. Use the peephole in the entrance

door and ask appropriate questions when answering a knock or the doorbell.

Do not hesitate to ask “Can I help you?” of any stranger in the facility space, even if he or she turns out to be a friend of a studio mate.

2. Always, when entering and leaving the facility, firmly close the fourth floor entrance door. Leaving it open or ajar in a very real way endangers you and your studio mates if an intruder is looking for victims in the building.

3. Do not open the rear utility entrance to anyone you do not know. If a building maintenance worker

or package delivery person rings the bell at that door, he or she will identify themselves, but you should ask them to if they don’t.

4. When you are going and coming through the rear utility doors, always but always latch and bolt that

door, even if you plan to go in and out several times in a close period of time. This door is our weakest point of security because we can’t predict who may be using the stairwell from the street and courtyard during weekdays. There is always a danger of theft or worse through that door.

5. Do not give out the name, address or phone number of anyone in the Program, student, staff or

faculty, without their prior consent. Cleanliness

6. Keep common areas in the facility and in the building clear and clean. It may not seem like such a big deal when you leave your lunch wrappings and empty bottles behind you, but as it accumulates, so does everyone else’s resentment and feelings of disorder. It’s a cop-out to attribute the mess to the “artistic sensibility”.

Although there will be a weekly clean-up, you are responsible for keeping the place clean all the time.

You will agree to read the guidelines for the clean-up of important areas in the facility that are posted in the facility:


7. Under New York State and City laws and university regulations, it is illegal to smoke in the New

York Studio Program facility. We will, however, permit, smokers to smoke in their studio spaces and in the bathrooms, but absolutely nowhere else and never in the presence of non-smokers.

Final Guidelines:

8. Never spend the night in the studio. This is not a dorm. Our insurance policy forbids occupancy


any time. Substance abuse subjects you to immediate dismissal from the Program.

10. Alcohol may be consumed in moderation, but excessive consumption or resultant drunkenness will

not be tolerated and will subject you to immediate dismissal from the Program.

11. It is your responsibility as a full participant in the Program to report any disturbing behavior

towards you or others, or any infringement of these Guidelines or to the Rules of Conduct, to the Studio Manager or to the Program Director. Rather than make you a spy or informer, your report more

precisely makes you a contributor to the well-being and safety of everyone here.

12. Look out for your studio mates. If you leave late at night, do it in pairs or groups. Tell the director or studio manager if you notice someone is missing or absent for any length of time. Please take note of the emergency telephone numbers by the pay phone.

13. Check in with the director or studio manager or faculty member if you’ve been sick for more than a day, or if you’re going away, or if you’ve been or will be unavoidably detained or delayed for a longer than usual time. Please take note of the important phone numbers.


Recognize that the jobs of the Program Director, the Studio Manager and the Faculty are to insure the safe and smooth running of the Program so that you may study, learn, meet people, experience New York, and pursue your art in the best and most rewarding way possible.

Be sure to consult them whenever you have a suggestion, question or complaint related to your studies, and cooperate with them as well as you can.




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