Black Mountain College–A Collaborative Effort @ Education & the Arts

Black Mountain College–A Collaborative Effort @ Education & the Arts

Black Mountain College, a progressive liberal arts school,  was founded in 1933. It was owned and operated by its faculty and students and all participated in the operations of the school. Everyone participated in the farming, construction, and kitchen work which gave all a vested interest in the success of the school. This happened at a time when the world and the country was at war and suffering from global economic depression. Because of its unique nature, the school attracted many independent visionaries such as American painter Jacob Lawrence (http://whitney.org/Collection/JacobLawrence), artist Edwin Parker “Cy Twombly (http://www.cytwombly.info/), and Pulitzer nominated writer and literary critic Francine du Plessix Gray (http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2642/the-art-of-fiction-no-96-francine-du-plessix-gray). Albert Einstein even served on its Board of Directors. The school closed in 1957 as students and faculty were drawn away to the up-and-coming art centers of New York and SanFrancisco. Black Mountain College remains a testament to the spirit of collaboration and an example of what can happen when people work together.

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