There is no doubt that the brief but influential life of Black Mountain College produced many of the 20th century’s most famous artists—painters, poets, writers, dancers, weavers, ceramicists, and photographers, while also providing a scaffolding on which to construct many of our current ideas pertaining to interdisciplinary studies—and the centrality of the arts in curriculum.
Come join the conversation at Project Connect’s three day conference, Black Mountain College: An Interdisciplinary Experiment (Open Eyes, Open Ears), held in June on the beautiful campus of Asheville School, in Asheville NC. Leading expert in the field, Mary Emma Harris, author of the seminal text, Black Mountain College and the Arts, will offer both a keynote address as well as a workshop: “BMC + Meaning in Contemporary Education.”
Dr. Katherine de Vos Devine, former director of The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, will provide the second keynote. Her talk, entitled “The World’s Most Successful Failure: the Life Cycle of BMC,” will illuminate the very specific ways that Black Mountain College’s influence endures, despite remaining open only for 23 years.
Finally, choose from a variety of workshops and further explore these topics in small breakaway group discussions, as our team facilitators attempt to unpack the lessons that the legendary BMC offers and to explore how we might implement those applications in our own schools and classrooms.
*23 spots left
June 20-22 conference in Asheville, NC for educators and administrators interested in interdisciplinary studies at the middle and secondary school levels. The 2018 conference will focus on Black Mountain College as a case study for interdisciplinary studies.
Registration includes: two keynote addresses; all workshops and small group discussions; ground transportation, including airport shuttles and hotel shuttle; tour of BMC Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville; all meals, plus special cocktail hour “Meet and Greet” hosted by local mixologist, Jasper Adams, who will unveil his special cocktail, "The Quiet House," inspired by the spirit of BMC.
Groups of 3 or more can register individuals for $350/ea.
Public School educators/administrators register for $275/ea.
Shuttle departs to take participants staying at Holiday Inn Biltmore West to hotel.
Shuttle picks up participants staying at Holiday Inn Biltmore West to take to Asheville School campus.
Second keynote will be given by Katherine de Vos Devine, titled "The World's Most Successful Failure: The Life Cycle of Black Mountain College"
When Black Mountain College shut its doors after twenty-four years of operation, its closure was described as a failure. But why should the closure of the campus be treated as a failure? And does failure represent the end - or merely an end?
Buses load to take participants back to Asheville School campus and Holiday Inn Biltmore West hotel.
Shuttle arrives at Holiday Inn Biltmore West to take participants from hotel to Asheville School campus.
Buses depart for campus of former Black Mountain College, now Camp Rockmont.
Walking tour of the former Black Mountain College Campus (now Camp Rockmont), led by Mary Emma Harris.
This event is still pending confirmation and is subject to change.
See the full list and bios for the Project Connect 2018 presenters, learn about workshop offerings, explore the Black Mountain College theme with our Resources, and get the details on traveling to Asheville.