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, September 2, 2008

Welcome back!

Welcome Back, everyone!

It has been quite a while since our last update, but MLAB and its team members have been very, very busy. Since we've last left off: several of us graduated, the rest are wrapping up; two have gotten married; one has left for a cross-country bike journey; many have moved on to different pastures, and some of us are still here bringing MLAB into the next stage of development.

Marion and Jessica are busy working on getting MLAB up and running as an organizational entity, now as the official Director (Marion) and Co-ordinator (Jessica) of MLAB. We even just moved into an office down at the Warehouse! With just a few finishing touches still left to complete, we are definately ramping up to pilot MLAB at Fowler High School in the very near future! In addition, MLAB has a few other appearances coming up which we will be updating to the blog as details become finalised.

Check back soon for more details and announcements about MLAB's progress, awards, and news!


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Through the School of Education at Syracuse University, incredible curricula that bridge photography,