Black Mountain School
Address: PO Box 711 Black Mountain, NC 28711
Contact: Chelsea Ragan
How is the project operated?
Black Mountain School is a self-organized artist-run school/residency.
How long has it been in existence?
The first iteration will take place this summer from May 21st – June 16th 2016 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Black Mountain School is an experiment in education and community. As a fundamental departure from corporatized profit-driven learning, a “one size fits all” curriculum, and the programmatic, and bureaucratic uniformities that define accredited institutions of higher education, Black Mountain School is an opportunity for students and educators to collaborate in generating knowledge and forming new visual experiences.We aim to provide a participatory model of education that encourages progressive thinking, making, and connecting. A non-hierarchical approach to organization, self-directed study in a wide range of subjects, as well as communal activities and events combine to provide students and teachers with the ability to learn from one another openly in an inclusive environment.
Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
How are programs funded?
Faculty create courses but a review board helped pick faculty based on their proposed classes.
We have forty five classes confirmed however time is set aside for unannounced classes, lectures, and events.
Our forty five classes take experimentation as an aesthetic drive, pushing ideas, traditions and their justifications to their limits in order to negotiate the possibilities of a new experience. Examples of topics explored include: anti-State philosophy, contemporary fresco experimentation, sound recording and alteration, gif animation and mobile media, giant loom weaving, mycology, collaborative practice, printmaking, no-math architecture, Fluxus instructions, and chance operations. These classes will range from structured courses and single-session workshops, in addition to events, performances and talks.
We held an open call for classes in January 2016 that was organized by our faculty admission committee.
We seek to create the conditions necessary for education to exist as an equal exchange between learners and educators; we promote an environment of co-education and communal living. Faculty are free to plan their class according to their own instruction, and are welcome to join other classes as students; students are expected to design their own curriculum but are also given the opportunity to teach. All members will participate in the school’s physical maintenance through farming, cooking, cleaning.
We hope to expose the creative spirit of the Blue Ridge mountain that once inspired artists/thinkers at Black Mountain College and is still here today.
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