MLAB

At the Imagining America conference last weekend we had an opportunity to see the Mobile Literacy Arts Bus (MLAB), in Syracuse, NY. On their website, they describe it as “an artist-run, renovated recreational vehicle that exists as a flexible space open to community members’ proposals for alternative educational and cultural programming.”

The MLAB came about in a similar way as MoCoLab. Ten art and architecture students worked together, under the direction of Syracuse University professor Marion Wilson, to target arts education and literacy initiatives in the Syracuse public schools and community. Recognizing the need for a different kind of space to teach kids different kinds of lessons, they found a 1984 RV and turned it into that kind 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.”

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professor of architecture at university of kansas
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