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, March 27, 2008

Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship

Here is a link to the press release with the announcement containing the award our class recieved.

SU News

Also, updates on cushions:

Thanks to Charlotte and Yoni who did a knock out job on helping out. And a GENERAL OVER ALL THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS! You are making a big difference, your help means so much to us and the project! THANKS!

The cushions are coming along! They are gorgeous and red and very comfy and textured. Thanks to Stephanie Liner for her help and master class on upholstery!
We're at about a half way point, and working towards the preview!

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