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 currently offers arts & literacy programming to 12 public school in Syracuse and functions as a pop-up mobile gallery through out New York State and beyond.
MLAB is made possible from the generous support of the School of Education at Syracuse University and Entitiative.
Syracuse University Social Sculpture Students in front of our RV, the future home of M-LAB.
The M-Lab Team
Vincent AppelArchitecture '08 Marco Camacho CVPA '09 Dave Clayton CVPA, MFA Sculpture '07 Julia Dalton Architecture 'o8 Roslyn Esperon Arts & Sciences '08 Sam Harmon CVPA '09 David Harris Renaissance Man, and Enterprise Process Support Analyst, Syracuse University Nicolette Havrish Architecture '08 Yun-Pei Hsiung CVPA '10 Jessica Posner (MLAB Coordinator) Newhouse, CVPA '08 Zach Seibold Architecture '08 Marion WilsonArtist, and Director of Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts, Syracuse University Arjan Zazueta Graduate Assistant, CVPA- Sculpture '09