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.

Monday, December 6, 2010

6x6 Indie Art Sale!

  Hello Artists,

    Thank you for your amazing donations!  We will be selling the work on the bus the following dates:

    • Dec. 11th @ Melanie Littlejohn's
        Saturday December 11 from 2:00-6:00pm at 109 Rockwood Rd in Syracuse, as part of the 3rd Annual ArtWear Holiday Shoppe
 (Melanie does fabulous jewelry!) 

    • Dec. 11th @ The Warehouse Gallery
Saturday December 11 from 7 - 10pm at The Warehouse Gallery 350 W. Fayette St. Armory Square Syracuse, as part of Dean Doug Biklen's School of Education Holiday Party.
**Event is private but the bus will be available to public for perusal!

    • Dec. 13th - 16th @ Waverly parking lot
   Parked between Waverly Ave and Marshall St. in parking lot on SU campus.  We will be parked from 11am - 3pm each day with 6x6 canvases, woodcut lazer drawings & jewelry & more!

 Your are invited to visit MLAB at any of the spots we sell and of course tell your friends & family that your work will be for sale to benefit MLAB arts program for children in the city school district and the fowler high business academy!!

    thanks for all your support!

    peace, love & art,

    The MLAB team!