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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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).

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