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.

Friday, April 24, 2009

MLAB in the news!

MLAB was selected as a finalist for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. Read about it here.

(Also, please check back soon for more images and updates from Nottingham High School. It has been a great semester, and Jessica will have them posted up soon-- things have been so busy! We look forward to the final show at Syracuse Stage on May 7, 2009. Please add it to your calendar now, and check back soon for more updates and details!)

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Hello, all!

Please be on the look out for MLAB on the TH3 route tonight. MLAB will serve as the hub for SU Architecture Professor Anda French's Sybilline TXT SYRACUSE project for the evening!

MLAB will be at the Redhouse from 5pm-7pm, and then at the Community Folk Art Center from 7pm-8pm. Be sure to visit MLAB, as well as travel to all of the TH3 venues (and more)!

Sybilline TXT SYRACUSE: website, SUnews press release, Post Standard article.
The Redhouse: website.
Community Folk Art Center: website.

See you there!