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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


In case you haven't read it yet, here's an excellent article on M-LAB that went out on yesterday's SU News wire.

It's very comprehensive, and does a great job of explaining both the whole and parts of the project. Oh, how I love gestalt!

Give it a read!

SU News

1 comment:

Marion said...

and a nice quote by our fellow mlab member Zach. Thanks to everyone who made it to the awards ceremony yesterday as well. We got an enthusiastic reception from Pam Heintz the moderator (who is the goddess who sends us all our volunteers) and Chancellor Cantor, and of course our honorary mlab member Steve Sartori, photographer.
I am at COMART all day til 5 if anyone needs anything. Jessica and Yun Pei are there tonight.