May 18-21, 2010
Hickory, N.C.


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Imagination, Integration, Innovation, Implementation

The Spirit of Black Mountain College Summer Session at LRU 2010 will present student work inspired by Black Mountain College in any of its artistic areas – theatre, visual arts, music, dance, poetry, film – with an emphasis on multi-media performance. A symposium that focuses on the various theoretical, cultural, and historical concepts that informed (implicitly and explicitly) the performances will be held at the close of Session on Friday.


Black Mountain College (BMC), 1933-1957, was one of the most important and influential experiments in education in the 20th century. Its teachers and students went on to shape dance, music, theatre, architecture, and the visual arts for the next several decades. BMC was also a response to the rigid educational models that produced passive students spreading across the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century. So, its vision was one of engaged learning fueled by a conscious attention to the role of imagination and arts in Higher Education. Educational reform is in the air in the U.S. today – reform based upon arts integrated learning.


Tuesday (noon) – Friday (noon), May 18 – 20, 2010.


Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC

Twelve ACA school projects, selected to represent diverse forms and genres, with up to 15 participants each, including faculty mentor(s).


During the Summer Session:

• Festival – Student performances and post-performance discussions reviewed by a panel of students and faculty
• Symposia – Panel discussions and presentations focusing on the lineage and legacy of BMC.

• Guest Artists – Professional performance in the spirit of Black Mountain College

Preparation for the Summer Session:

• BMC Pedagogy materials and suggestions for creating original performance

• LRU’s BMC website and links to online resources

• Conference calls with The Spirit of Black Mountain College Summer Session organizers.

Disciplinary Areas of Connection: Architecture, Art and Craft, Dance, Film, Language and Culture, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, and Theatre. Interdisciplinary projects are strongly encouraged.

Pedagogical Practices:
Participation in this project will provide opportunities to engage in the following authentic learning:
• Research and Analysis

• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Creative and Critical Thinking
• Practical Skills and Managing Resources
• Written, Oral, and Visual Communication
• Self-assessment and Peer Review

Registration Fee:
$250.00 due by March 1, 2010


$125.00 $150.00 per person for 3 nights stay and 3 “all you can eat” meals Tuesday through Thursday, May 18 – 20, 2010.