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.

Monday, October 15, 2007

what i learn from M-lab

I guess i was never sure what kind of Design i am interesting in. This class do makes me think. The collaboration learning enviorment push me to think of what each indivisual artist are. so, When i think of my studio practice. i was some what confused about our program in my major, focuse on techology, and mass production so much, sometime we forget the art and craft in the culture. It doens't really sounds like relating to anything we do in Social sculpture class, but i think the idea of use the city, and culture, and each of us are all special desingers in different filed in one big team to preactice our art has lead me to think of what i want for being my way of desinger. what belifs i need ot hold on to for my own practice.
somepeople would say the beautiful ID design is just trendy, and it's not desgin.
But i think it's not trendy, yet it's still design, still art.
---i am not sure if i make any sense, but..... still.


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