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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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Walking through the Near West Side, I've noticed that there are not many open and inviting places that draw people in besides the Church. There are many convenience stores, but nothing where people can stop by and gather. There are many very young people and many elderly people in the neighborhood. At the community meeting last Wednesday, there were some great insights about what can potentially become of 601 Tully. The elderly thought a cafe would be nice where they can gather together with other locals and just have a cup of coffee. The younger kids seem to need a place where they can hang out or even a place where they can work at to keep themselves out of trouble. Some suggested being able to work and help out the older people of the neighborhood with yard work or carrying groceries.
The community meeting was a great way to get to know the neighborhood more and understand who we are designing and building for. The project is most successful when it is supported by the community.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great idea if we could have a cafe at the corner serving the community.
    Since it is also a community with great diversity, combination of coffee and books will also make space more inviting, at the same time improving the literacy.