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.

Friday, October 12, 2007!

Check your emails! In trying to set up a Facebook account I realized that we needed an email address. So, I created a Gmail account for us. I am leaving the address itself off of this post to avoid confusion in case it isn't the name we go with. Let me know what you think.

If we did add anything to the postcard, I would suggest our email address.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the one email address is a good organizing tool for our communications with people outside of the group. As of now they can only go to the blog and write on the blog to comment or ask a question?

Theres something more machine and less human about having the email address that is the syracuse mlab. Of course we would sign our name and people arent hopeless, so theyll understand its personally done. Alas, maybe I'm overthinking it. Once we have a website can we do like,
but this may actually delete that organized archival goal.

i do like syracuse as an adjective to the mlab email address as well.

SO--I am not opposed, I think its a good idea. I have a positive vote.