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HAPPENING: a joint fundraiser for the MAP and the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center

WHEN: Saturday September 26 8pm- Midnight

WHERE: The Phil Mechanic Building, 109 Roberts Street, Asheville

HOW MUCH: $7 for MAP members, $10 for the rest of ya!

WHAT: Wine! Beer! Dancing!!

Along with The Media Arts Project (MAP), the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will sponsor HAPPENING, a fundraiser dance party in the heart of the River Arts District of Asheville. This exciting event will raise money for the Museum’s “Living Legacy: Living Artists of Black Mountain College” exhibition series, and is the official kick-off celebration to announce an exciting new series of Saturday Night Events at the original dining hall of the Black Mountain College. 

Wedge Microbrewery will provide the beer. DJ Trevor Baker will be spinning records. Come early to enjoy the yummy food and to view the art installation downstairs in the Flood Gallery space. There will also be a salon in the upstairs library, hosted by Jolene Mechanic, where you can learn more about the college, our organizations, and our exciting upcoming events series.           

Back in the day students and staff at Black Mountain College got together on Saturday nights to entertain each other with music, dance, poetry, theater or whatever they were moved to share.

“Saturday night parties were…a tradition at Black Mountain…for that one night in the week everybody put on shoes and dressed up: the women in dresses and stockings, the men in ties and jackets. Booze for the party was supplied by the student home-brew master on campus…” Michael Rumaker, Black Mountain Days

Starting this fall, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and The MAP are hosting a series of Saturday Night dinner and entertainment-filled evenings in this vein but with a fresh new twist. So be at HAPPENING, Saturday, September 26 at the Phil Mechanic Building to help us revive the Black Mountain College Saturday night tradition. More information can be found at www.blackmountaincollege.org or by calling 828.350.8484

Letter from the Chair of the MAP Board of Directors 

The MAP Board of Directors are pleased to welcome two new members: Betty Huskins is President of Ridgetop Associates, a firm specializing in governmental affairs, public relations and association management.   Sam Neill is an attorney based in Hendersonville. Sam and Betty bring years of experience in supporting the arts and economic development in the region.


Sam and Betty join us during a swell of activity for the MAP Board. We’ve assembled a dynamic board with very diverse resources, and we’re ready to bring those to bear in the ways that best serve our community. Over the years the MAP has been many things to many people –fiscal sponsor, promotional vehicle, source of inspiration, party hosts…  We’re working to define what we can, should, and will be for WNC moving forward.


Through all these discussions, it’s been on my mind that we are the Media Arts Project. Not the Collective, not the Foundation, not the Group, but the Project. Interesting choice, this word that is both noun and verb. Of its 21 dictionary definitions, many hold true for the MAP: We propose, contemplate, plan; we throw, cast, impel forward and onward; we communicate clearly and forcefully. And we’re working on a large or major undertaking, esp. one involving considerable money, personnel, and equipment.


It’s the MAP Board’s mission to embody all these definitions of our name (except maybe the one connoting shady neighborhoods). The new website is one example, and other projects are in the works. Looking forward to sharing more information as they develop!


-Hilary McVicker

Board Chair