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, October 4, 2007

MLAB develops a Community wide focus group to advise and support the development of the project. First meeting was September 25, 2007
Members include:
Mike Barrington, ninth grader, Henninger Hs
Cory, ninth grader, Henninger HS
Randy Weatherby, Nottingham HS technology teacher
Christina Ferlenda, Nottingham art teacher
Len Fonte, consultaant for PBE and retired Nottingham English teacher
Pam Heintz, MAS Center for Publia & Community Service
Linda Littlejohn, Southside Initiative
Frank Olive, artist, Warehouse Gallery
Michael Burkard, poet, SU faculty of Creative Writing
Stephen Mahan, photographer, teaching artist for SCSD/SU

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