Amazing things can happen when art is put at the center of education.
Black Mountain College in Asheville, NC strived to do just that. It was in operation from 1933-1957 and only had 1300 students, but it played a major role in American art. Mostly because it was interdisciplinary and fostered an atmosphere of open dialog. It taught it's students how to creatively approach all aspects of life and to appreciate the art-making process as much as the end result. It's an educational model much like "project based learning" that we hear so much about today.
Small selection of the notable instructors and alumni include: Joseph and Anni Albers, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, and Jacob Lawrence.
"We do not always create ‘works of art,’ but rather experiments; it is not our intention to fill museums: we are gathering experience.” –Josef Albers-
Yeah, sounds good to me!
There's an exhibition about the college: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 that will be on view in LA at the Hammer Museum until May 15th then it will travel to Ohio.
Here is the link to the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center.
The book Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 can be found here.