Need space? Look off-campus

By Kate Augusto

Pockets of work spaces and resources exist for students in surprising places around the city. Students in Boston can take advantage of everything from cameras to computers to study space in their local surroundings.

For students in need of multimedia equipment, students can reach out to the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) in Roxbury and downtown Boston.

After paying an individual access membership fee, BNN allows members of the community to use a full-service television studio, a production van, camcorders and editing equipment, among other resources. An individual access membership costs $66, compared to the price of a professional Sony Color Video Camera, which costs $3,567.50. The membership, which includes training for the use of the equipment, can be obtained by contacting Darrell Santos at [email protected] or calling 617-720-2113, ext. 24.

Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum has a study room called the Agnes Mongan Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. The room is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. during the academic year. Appointments can be made by calling 617-384-8310.

The Mary Baker Eddy Museum, part of the Christian Science Center, is located just down the street from Northeastern at 200 Massachusetts Ave. and is a great place for students. “Admission for students is only $4 and there are plenty of comfortable spots for students to do their work,” said Thomas Champoux, director of marketing for the Mary Baker Eddy Library, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The library includes a lending library, which closes on Sundays and specializes in subjects like spirituality and the history of New England religious movements.

The Museum of Fine Arts offers opportunities for students to do artwork as well. Robert Worstell, Head of Studio and Community Learning for the Museum, said anyone can do artwork in the galleries as long as their medium is pencil. Paintings can also be done, but a painter needs to obtain a permit from a curator, and the painting needs to be done during working hours.

There is also a program called “Drawing in the Galleries” every Wednesday night where anyone can come, for free, to draw. The museum features clothed models for poses and provides limited materials to the public including erasers, drawing boards and paper. However, the museum does encourage students to bring their own materials.

Worstell said the museum “is trying to reach out to a lot more university students.” One way the museum does this now is by offering free admission to students from some universities, including Northeastern.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

The MIT Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art museum are planning to acquire space like this in the future.

Given the variety of low-cost opportunities available for inspiring work space, there is no reason to ignore the creative side.

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