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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Sunday, December 20, 2009
collaboration short and sweet
how is it different than your individual practice?
what, if any are the effects of the collaborative effort on your individual art practice?
Our 601 tully collaboration and class has been a great addition to a stressful semester. Being able to come to class and work through problems that will some how some time have an effect outside of school is refreshing, even when it takes hours and hours to arrive at a simple decision that later gets reversed, rediscussed and redecided leaving us at our original conclusion. Sometimes you think it'd be better or faster to work individually but other times you realize the progress we make as a group is worth making slowly. I've enjoyed getting the chance to learn from non-architecture students and architecture students I wouldn't have known if I didn't take this class.
The nature of 601 tully collaboration is design-oriented, neighborhood situated, communication heavy, experimental and experientially rewarding.
Individual architecture student work doesn't let you see outside perspectives or the ways people react to how you communicate the way that 601 tully collaboration has.
Introduction to new perspectives and the realities of interacting with a new physical environment and community enrich the academic experience. Real and collaborative projects make it harder to work individually on projects that won't leave the classroom except in portfolios.