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 navigate these uncertain waters together, we will keep you updated on plans to reopen and shifts in our exhibition and programming schedules as soon as we know more.

In the meantime, we will be reaching out to you with a weekly newsletter. These newsletters will share Black Mountain College history, highlights from our collection, and a look back at performances and presentations here at the museum. Our social media will also ramp up, helping to bring the museum into your homes. If you aren’t following us yet, you can do so on Facebook,Instagram, and Twitter.

The closures of our cultural institutions will have a lasting impact on the global arts community and present a significant financial burden for small, grassroots organizations like ours. For our friends in the arts, we will be brainstorming the ways in which we can support you in this time. There are resources available for artists, such as these compiled by Creative Capital. For those in our community who are able, we ask that you consider making a contribution to our museum or become a member. Our bookshop will be shipping for as long as we are able if you would like to support us through your purchases.

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
    • We invite you to join a virtual edit-a-thon on the originally scheduled date to contribute to the global Art+Feminism initiative. You can create a Wikipedia account, add yourself to the event, and find training videos and resources at bit.do/af2020

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.


The BMCM+AC Staff + Board of Directors


Updated 3/17/20

In our gallery, we are following the recommended steps outlined by the CDC to prevent the spread of illness:

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.