I’m able to say, now, that I’m in community wherever I am. I try to offer that to others. If you’re wanting to build a community, you don’t have to wait for some ideal situation. You can do it wherever you are.

– M.C. Richards

Dear Friends,

We have made the decision to temporarily close our doors. As we prepare for a spring of social distancing, we are also looking ahead and planning for the time when we can all be together again. We have made the decision to extend our current exhibition Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College through August 15th, with a digital portal available now. This shifts our exhibition schedule, with Don’t Blame it on ZEN: The Way of John Cage & Friends moving to the fall and Leo Amino: Black Mountain Sculptor opening in early 2021. The 2020 Faith in Arts Institute has also been postponed, along with the performances of I hunger for you by Kimberly Bartosik and the world premiere of a new composition by John Luther Adams, Waves and Particles performed by JACK Quartet. These are significant changes, with a major impact on our museum and our community at large.

We strongly believe that BMCM+AC is the entire community of people who sustain it. A museum is more than a destination. BMCM+AC includes you, along with our staff, board, dedicated volunteers, and the artists and scholars whose work we support. With our doors closed for now and events postponed or canceled, we are losing much of the revenue that sustains our basic operations, but we are committed to retaining our entire staff and continuing our mission.

In order to continue, we will need additional support. We know these are difficult times for everyone and our entire community has been impacted. If you are able, we ask that you please consider supporting BMCM+AC either through a 100% tax-deductible donation or through an annual membership to ensure that we can continue bringing you art and informative history to remind you of human creativity and resilience now and in the future. You can also support us by making a purchase in the museum store, sharing our Museum from Home resources with others, or letting us know how we can mutually support you as well.

We would be incredibly grateful for any contribution you can make to help us through this challenging and unprecedented time. Thank you so much for being part of the BMCM+AC community.


The BMCM+AC Staff + Board of Directors

The following events will be postponed to a later date (not yet determined):

  • {Re}HAPPENING 10
  • The Pioneering Women of Black Mountain College: Looking Back and Looking Forward
  • Culture Club: Forming Identity & Breaking Creative Boundaries
  • Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Ticket buyers, please look for a personal email from us with more information.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those who have already planned their trips to Lake Eden this year, the dedicated artists and students who have been developing their projects, our sponsors and vendors who have donated not only resources but time, and our enthusiastic team of volunteers who make the event possible each year. The next {Re}HAPPENING will be a major landmark, our 10th gathering of this kind at the historic Black Mountain College campus, and we want to ensure that we can celebrate together with joy and peace of mind.

Please know that we share in your disappointment, but look forward to having the opportunity to come together again soon around our shared love of Black Mountain College and the arts. We are together, in community, wherever we are.


Updated 4/1/20