This Punk Unorthodox School Made Way for Alternative Creativity in America and Beyond

A photography class in a cabbage patch at Black Mountain College.

A photography class in a cabbage patch at Black Mountain College. Image via TheNation.com

Black Mountain College is an incredible school formed in North Carolina in 1933 that unleashed the genius of the likes of Buckminster Fuller, Ruth Asawa, John Cage, Charles Olsen, and directly affected the auteur Allen Kaprow who brought us “The Happening” movement. This punk, unorthodox school made way for alternative creativity in America, and beyond.  

I think I’m most attached to this historical place because I attended The Naropa Institute to study poetry and set design in my early 20’s–founded by Allen Ginsberg and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa was a womb of creativity bathed in Buddhist philosophy.

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This Punk Unorthodox School Made Way for Alternative Creativity in America and Beyond