About 601 Tully

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601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

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Monday, September 14, 2009


We are apart of helping to rebuild the near west side. In one aspect i think that this is a wonderful concept. Bringing new positive views about the west side and bring new concepts and hope for a better, safer community. While walking the community i have heard about all the wonderful changes that have been made for future plans. Such as rebuilding the residential and commercial neighborhoods and creating an arts community, attracting new technology businesses and designing new community and commercial spaces, on top of other things you can find out about the initiative at www.nearwestsidestory.org.

So while all these great concepts are starting to happen. I have to wonder how the people in the neighborhood feel, if they even want change, or if they are comfortable with how the neighborhood is now. When we change a neighborhood to make it "better" is it really making it better? or is it just taking money and pushing people out the place they call home?

Can us as outsiders really change a neighborhood and still have it be able to be comfortable for the people that live in it? How do we get to the point of being able to comfortably interact with the neighbors if we don't even live there? How do we mesh together comfortably?

I guess what i am so boggled by is the more i interact in the west side, the more i feel i am an outsider. I will never get certain things, because i don't live there. I now wonder if I will ever truly get to the point where i feel like i am getting real interest from someone who does live in the west side. Or if anyone will feel that they have some reason to have interest in me, other than curiosity.

At what point do i not seem like an outsider to the insiders?


"Today, the Near West Side Initiative combines multiple projects aimed at rebuilding the residential and commercial vibrancy of the neighborhood -- through creating an Arts community, attracting new Technologybusinesses and Designing new community and commercial spaces, as well as revitalizing the Economy of the neighborhood, by increasing owner-occupancy by current residents." www.nearwestsidestory.org

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