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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Porter Academy

We worked with the Porter News Media/TV Class to write their own news stories of an upcoming event at the school. Please enjoy reading their creative news stories!

Porter Concert Kids will be playing instruments in the Auditorium. It will be on February 21-2011. My grandma will be coming and my mom and dad will be coming. I will be watching my friends at the play names Michelle, and Destiny. Michelle will be playing the viola. Finally, Destiny will be playing violins. Last but not lease Mr. Rogers will be constructing them.

By Tatiana Gaines

Did you know there’s going to be a concert February fourth, 2011? There will be lots of people. Teachers, students, and guests. The constructer is Mr. Crouse. Lots of instruments will be playing some are violins, trumpets, tubas, flutes and drums. Some guests will be students, parents, grand parents, friends, and teachers. There’s students playing instruments and singing. There’s special outfits and clothing. Some songs their going to play are Winter Time, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. They will sing People of the World. I’ll like so will you! Come to Porter School and see the amazing concert. You won’t want to miss it. See you there

By Izzy C

Porter Pandas auditorium instruments by people. Singers. February 21, 2011.

By Brittney Tallman

Talent Show

The talent show is in our class room. I will sing or dance. And this is true. And only Porter Pandas. Also students and teachers.

By Zachary Towndrow


I play viola. It takes place in the auditorium. It will be February 21. My moms are coming to it. First there will be chorus then there will be violas and violin. We will be playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

By Michelle Butler

On Friday, February 4th Porter School is having a concert and orchestra. Students are playing. Parents and invited. There will be violins and playing, violas are playing. There will be chorus are going to perform and bass will perform.

By Jacob LaPlant

Porter School band and orchestra. Date 2-4-11. Who=students parents guardians, bffs, supporting every person that goes to the school. Then we listen to people play their instruments. They will be playing string instruments. The end

By Alexia

Porter School

Date Friday 2-4-11. Band and orchestra and singing. Students will be playing at Porter School. People who are coming are parents, guardians, aunts, uncles and cousins. It will be in the Auditorium.

By Jisela Turner

At Porter School there is a concert. It’s on 2-21-11. It’s for the people who play an instrument. It’s in the auditorium. People will be in the auditorium.

By Destiny Gallipau

Porter auditorium instrument band. People is where the show is. And they singers they all can’t. They are all excited and they all left and they all go home and they do their homework. The end they go to again.

By Cory Lane


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