{Re}HAPPENING

an annual arts event at the historic

Black Mountain College Campus at Lake Eden

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center board member Jolene Mechanic developed a fundraising idea that grew into the {Re}HAPPENING, a dinner and performance event inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, considered by many to be the first Happening. For the first six years, the Media Arts Project (MAP), an artist-run non-profit in Asheville, collaborated to organize and produce the event with BMCM+AC.

The {Re}HAPPENING is a one-day event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College, 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser, and part community instigator, providing a platform for contemporary artists to share their responses to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by activating the buildings and grounds of the BMC campus with installations, new media, music, and performance projects.

General admission brings in hundreds of visitors annually. In addition to providing a forum for regional artists and an accessible, immersive, educational experience for attendees, every year the event is a community collaboration between local businesses and arts organizations.

Featured Performances

PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE – {Re}HAPPENING 10
PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE – {Re}HAPPENING 10

Philip Glass EnsembleFeatured performers, {Re}HAPPENING 10Historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake EdenApril 2, 2022Members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman (music director, piano), Ryan Kelly (sound), Mick Rossi (piano), Andrew Sterman (flute,...

AROOJ AFTAB, ANJNA SWAMINATHAN + RAFIQ BHATIA – {Re}HAPPENING 9
AROOJ AFTAB, ANJNA SWAMINATHAN + RAFIQ BHATIA – {Re}HAPPENING 9

Arooj Aftab, Anjna Swaminathan & Rafiq Bhatia TrioFeatured performers, {Re}HAPPENING 9Historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake EdenMarch 30, 2019Arooj Aftab is a neo-sufi and minimalist composer/singer who gracefully experiments and bends the lines between...

ROOMFUL OF TEETH – {Re}HAPPENING 8
ROOMFUL OF TEETH – {Re}HAPPENING 8

Roomful of TeethFeatured performers, {Re}HAPPENING 8Historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake EdenMarch 31, 2018Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from...

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION – {Re}HAPPENING 7
THIRD COAST PERCUSSION – {Re}HAPPENING 7

Third Coast Percussion Featured performers, {Re}HAPPENING 7 Historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake Eden March 25, 2017 Founded in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has performed hundreds of concerts across the country, presents an annual concert season at home in...

DANCE HEGINBOTHAM – {Re}HAPPENING 7
DANCE HEGINBOTHAM – {Re}HAPPENING 7

Dance HeginbothamFeatured performers, {Re}HAPPENING 7Historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake EdenMarch 25, 2017Dance Heginbotham (DH) is a New York-based contemporary dance company committed to supporting, producing, and sustaining the work of choreographer...

Past Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors including Camp Rockmont, Wedge Brewing, Explore Asheville, and the Aaron Copland Foundation. Interested in sponsoring the {Re}HAPPENING and supporting BMCM+AC? Contact us at info@blackmountaincollege.org to learn more.