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, July 22, 2010


Can't believe say yes summer camp is almost over! Has been so great and worked with so many awesome young say yessers! Special Shout out to Porter Elementary, who knocked out socks off over the past three days! Ready for Frazer tomorrow and next week, to be followed up by the Say Yes Summer Festival at Thornden Park Wednesday, JULY 28th, 9-2!

For the Summer Festival, MLAB will become a LOUNGE/GALLERY, featuring the alter-ego portraits (photos!) and original hip hop compilations (audio!) of SAY YES SUMMER CAMPERS!

See you there!

More updates, pics, and videos soon!

Also, special shout out to Manny, who is the amazing 601 TULLY/MLAB intern made possible by the fabulous people at CNY WORKS.

for more info on Say Yes or to check out MLAB at the Say Yes Summer Festival at Thornden Park, check out the SAY YES website.

MLAB will be parked near the Thornden Park Pool at the
Say Yes Summer Festival at Thornden Park
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

See you there!

1 comment:

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