The Mobile Literacy Arts Bus (MLAB) is an artist-run, renovated recreational vehicle that exists as a flexible space open to community members’ proposals for alternative educational and cultural programming.

MLAB is the collaborative effort of the 2007-2008 Social Sculpture class at Syracuse University, comprised of 10 art and architecture students and lead by artist and Director of Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts of Syracuse University, Marion Wilson. Our mission was to transform a used, 1984 Recreational Vehicle Bus into a Mobile Literacy and Arts Bus for use by the Syracuse City School District and the greater Syracuse Community. MLAB serves as a physical manifestation of Syracuse University’s Scholarship in Action initiative, by pairing University resources with community needs in an attempt to address the staggering drop out rates in the Syracuse City School District High Schools. Through the School of Education at Syracuse University, incredible curricula that bridge photography, poetry and literacy currently exist within the public schools-- however due to a crisis of space, the schools don't always have the space or resources to house it. MLAB is this space. The bus serves as a mobile classroom, digital photo lab, gallery space, and community center. As a team, we did it all: demolition, design, and construction.

MLAB is made possible from the generous support of the School of Education at Syracuse University and Entitiative.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Week 2: Reflections- Sam Harmon

Thursday September 6, 2007

We broke into 3 differnt groups for model making today. Three different approaches and actualities result form this break up. One group is to make a model out of an atypical model making material, and the other two are approaching model making in a more traditional manner-- using architectural methods to make a to scale model of the RV out of plastics and paper. Each group is mixed with students from different disciplines-- and with these last two classes it has become very apparent that the sculptors can do the job of architects and the architects can do the jobs of sculptors. IE, check out my drawing of the RV, and check out the ideas for models from Julia and Nicolette.

-Sam Harmon

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