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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Exploring the History of Community as Created by Black Mountain College

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Local lore and history often reflects the community of a place and the identity of the people who live there. A study of the past and present of Black Mountain College (1933-1957), through the lens offered by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), allowed for connections to be made between the two vastly different time periods as well as between the two different settings, one being the college and the other being a museum. Based on guided conversations, observations, and interviews conducted during the Spring of 2017, this project examines the culture and community of BMCM+AC, located in Downtown Asheville at 56 and 69 Broadway, while also drawing on connections made from analyzing the community that thrived at Black Mountain College during its existence. Further research was held at the historic Lake Eden campus at which the museum holds multiple events during the year. This project includes active participation in the preparation of a series of programs and events put on by the museum for the public as well as in the daily tasks at the museum itself, including interacting with guests to keep them informed on the history of the college and the current exhibits being shown. Coursework for this project included a series of written assignments that reflect life and community at BMCM+AC, which were supported by in-depth interviews, discussions centered around community formation, and the researcher’s involvement in assisting with public programs and events.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Concourse - Wilma Sherrill Center