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.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Chancellor Cantor

Quick Update!!!

I met the Chancellor this morning and took the opportunity to invite her
again to come and check out the RV. She knew immediately what I was talking
about and was really excited to hear about how its been going. She is absolutely
enthused about our project and so hopefully we'll be able to host a visit with her
in the future!

As for other news!

My Literacy through Photography class will be going to Henniger High School on
Tuesday morning (7:45-9:10). If any of you early birds or architects with questions
about windows would like to engage your creative writing skills, check out some awesome
photography or just get an idea of what happens on a regular basis, let me know!

Adios! Roslyn

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