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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

October 17 Class Agenda

October 17, 2007
Social Sculpture
Instructor: Marion Wilson

1:30 *Review of Leading Design Concepts, materials and formal elements – Zack Vince Jessica Marion(five minutes)

1:45-5pm Break into small working groups

a. laying subfloor and prepping vehicle
David, Marco, Nicolette, Samantha, Yun Pei
b. recycled wood: Zack, Jessica, Marion
c. remaining design issues: walls, windows, exterior, lighting: Julia, Vince, Roslyn, Arjan
d. grants website budget Vince, Arjan Marion

5:00-5:45 Design Meeting (whole class) 5 minutes per item maximum

*Miwon Kwon article review (led by Samantha Harmon - ok she gets 10minutes)
*Update on floor sample and recycled wood– Zack and Jessica
* Presentation of cushion sample - Samantha
*exterior treatments - Roslyn
* accessibility – Nicolette
* Prep – Yun Pei and David
* wall treatment and windows– Julia, Zack
*dates to remember – Senator Valesky/POMCO, Mary Jane Jane Jacobs, Chancellor

5:45-6:00 Work Plan for the Week – who is doing what?
Prepare for Press Preview October 25th
Second meeting time or small groups model?

1 comment:

M-Lab said...

meant to Julia and Vince - not Zack in final class meeting - wall treatments - sorry guys.