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, February 13, 2008

February 14 Class meeting

Thursday February 14, 2008
MLAB meeting

8:30 am
Team meeting
Update on ceiling/Plexiglas
Update on wood/furniture
Update on cushions
Review larger schedule and goals for remaining six weeks and this schedule for this weekend
Review Unveiling scheduled for April 3rd at 8:30 am tentatively at Nottingham H. S.
Plug inVolunteer help

Steve Sartori photographs floor of bus

10am – 12:30pm
Yun Pei and Vince to the Warehouse to work on ceiling
Marion and Jessica- create aggregate wood door/organize wood and set up clamping system
Zach – woodshop/ begin work on furniture

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