About 601 Tully

Check out our new website! 601Tully.syr.edu

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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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


SUNY's ESF and Upstate Medical have developed an urban health based initiative called SUNY Anastamosis. They're interested in working with 601 as advisors and "go-to guys" but, most importantly, they want to get a locally (maybe even urban!) grown grocery store in the NWS. There's not much as of yet, but Google them and see what you find.

I also had an interesting conversation with time arts professor Gail Hoffman. She's had this idea ever since her kids were in grade school to grow potatoes and learn about how plants grow etc etc and then have a big baked potato party at the end. I got pretty amped on that. We could make a cool transparent box thing that would allow us to see the potato forming? How cool would that be! Keep it in mind (conceptually, even) when you're developing 'the curricula.'

AND THEN THERE'S WILL ALLEN the former (professional) baller turned urban farmer. His politics are tight. Check him out: http://www.growingpower.org/ (there's also a conference for urban farming coming up in June, FYI).

Monday, April 26, 2010


this youtube video is about the top greenest homes...it is technically 1 "space" that transforms into 24 different room uses (one of the tools it uses to do so is walls on tracks)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Graduation Weekend Event @ 601 Tully

Hello All,

Please email Kristin with an informal RSVP of # of people that you might bring to this from your family/friends on grad weekend.
If your answer is ZERO, please provide an alternative time that does not conflict with your other grad weekend plans.
OR, if your family is not coming to Syracuse then, let her know that.

601 Tully Open House Fundraising Event

Saturday, May 15
5-7:30 PM

-Tours of 601 Tully
-Exhibit in 601 Tully of ephemera--models, drawings. etc.
-Cocktails and light refreshments
-Donation Opportunity

Monday, April 19, 2010

NYT Article

Enjoy the Bugs, but Don’t Feed the Scientists

By Edward Rothstein

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The Cocoon, a new exhibition and research space at the Darwin Center of the Natural History Museum in London, opened last fall to acclaim.

ESF Greenhouse Tour

Thanks, Michelle, for arranging this!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Willows/Greenhouse visit

Just some thoughts and events coming up...

Willows/Rain Gardens
An ESF LA student recently built a rain garden on marshall st. and tomorrow people are gathering to manipulate/bend/craft willow tree strips into sculptural pieces for the garden, if anyone is interested in attending that is taking place tomorrow (Saturday) begining around 8am and lasting for a few hrs

There is a childrens center on lamberth lane at south campus that has an outdoor play area/sculpture constructed from willows - I plan on checking it out sometime soon...if anyone else is interested, let me know!

ESF Greenhouses
a couple ideas i had when we were there...

1) fast growth plants that have useful fibers/ structural aspects- sugar cane, bamboo, willow
2) growing cotton plants... the fibers are pretty amazing to pick/use...if we want to grow it we should start soon though
3) plants that dont need water or soil (but require humid environments) Spanish moss is an example - it used to be used to stuff matresses--i loved how it drapes over other plants/structures & the color...I thought it would work for the raised beds..or even inside the house
4) making "cold frames"/ greenhouse tops for the mobile carts to allow plants longer growth periods in syracuse once it gets cold
5) definitely attempting to take kids on a tour of the ESF greenhouses...theres some great plants there - and ones the kids would love like venus fly traps, etc

Also today my friend Bonnie (the Landscape Architect) and I are going to 601 to look at the site so she gets an idea of what we have to work with ----she said its better to go in the rain so we see how the water drains...so i guess the bad weather is good for this atleast? ..if anyones around feel free to join

Good website? Lilac?

Lilac - Charles Joly
Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly'

Lilac - Charles Joly

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