Black Mountain College

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Festival season is upon Western North Carolina, but the quirkiest of our festivals is already behind us. The eighth annual “(Re)Happening,” on the grounds of the former Black Mountain College, drew hundreds March 31 to listen, touch, explore and experience.

Some might wonder why there’s an annual conference dedicated to a tiny college that shut down 60 years ago. That conference, “ReViewing,” going into its ninth year, until now has been the sole domain of arts professors with particular interests in multidisciplinary practice and the groundbreaking history of Black Mountain College.

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Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (our neighbors on Broadway in downtown Asheville,) presents the 7th annual {Re}Happening Saturday, March 25th at Lake Eden in Black Mountain (the site of Black Mountain College and Camp Rockmont.) The event will feature an immersive experience created by many area artists, as well as a guest appearance by Chicago based Third Coast Percussion, an ensemble steeped in the music and aesthetic of John Cage, BMC College artist.

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The first session of the brand-new Black Mountain School gets underway on Saturday May 21st.  The organizers were inspired the legacy of Black Mountain College, an experimental college notable for bringing together an impressive group of artists, musicians, poets, and free-thinkers during its 24 year existence between 1933 and 1957.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Executive Director Chelsea Ragan and board member Heidi Gruner about the launch. 

Below is a promotional video from the school website:

In the 1940's and 1950's, several professors at Black Mountain College in Western North Carolina attracted the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigations for their progressive political beliefs.

F.B.I Files on Black Mt. College Released

Aug 10, 2015

Carolina Public Press investigative reporter Jon Elliston filed a Freedom of Information request that lead to the release of information on Black Mountain College gathered by the F.B.I.  He spoke with David Hurand.