An Arts and Agricultural Space in constant growth.
We are an arts collective and project in constant growth that believes in the power of people to reclaim space and caring for your neighbors.
Our mission: Growing a resilient creative community by sharing time and natural space to develop the art of storytelling while literally nourishing our neighbors. We must imagine a better future where we celebrate differences that make us collectively stronger to grow that future.
Our collective is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, working to support arts programming, organizing professional creative development, and seeking community input about interpreting the property’s past—which includes ties to colonization and human bondage.
MidMountain operates from a five-acre retreat on the James River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia that is also Andrea "River" Peterson's artist studio. The grounds are also being developed into a sustainable food forest with plans for agritourism and mutual aid distribution thanks to a River Buffer restoration partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the James River Association, and the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Have ideas for how to help us grow? Get in touch with River, our curator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is this?
Andrea "River" Peterson is the curator at MidMountain. We also have a growing board that helps cultivate our project. It currently includes:
Deborah Ager is an entrepreneur, essayist, and poet. She co-edited The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, collaborated on 35+ nonfiction books with her clients, and founded 32 Poems Magazine.
Mariam Baksh is a federal policy reporter, with stints at The Washington Post, The American Prospect, and Marketplace Public Radio over the years, and knows way too much about U.S. cybersecurity policy. She's also been a public-interest organizer and is a visual artist with an interest in creative nonfiction.
Chad Clark is founder, composer and producer of the Washington, DC band Beauty Pill. Clark is also a film and theater composer.
Join us for an open house with MidMountain's Spring Fellowship cohort, featuring free workshops, a really free market, a potluck, art creation opportunities, a ritual reflecting on the property's history, and a concert from the Laurel Hells Ramblers and The Timber Bridges!
10am-1pm: Restorative Writing Workshop with Rachel Feltman and Amy Fuchshofen. Pay what you want, no minimum donation, but reserve a spot at midmountain.org/workshop!
1-5pm: Potluck and Really Free Market 1-5pm in the Post Office Community Center. Coordinate with email@example.com to donate from March 1-March 9! More information at midmountain.org/rfm.
5pm: Concert featuring the Lauren Hells Ramblers and The Timber Bridges, $10 suggested donation, no one turned away due to lack of funds
Plus organizing workshop with John Henry WIlliams and Reflection Ritual led alexis sāga time TBA!
We share space with MidMountain Retreat LLC just outside the small town of Natural Bridge Station in central Virginia. The grounds feature a three-story brick home, multiple outbuildings including our Post Office Community Center and extensive outdoor space with cleared areas suitable for large events or installations as well as access to 400' of private frontage on the James River.
The main house is 3,500 square feet, with sleeping for up to sixteen people across 3 bedrooms and shared areas, 2.5 bathrooms, a modern open-concept kitchen, attic family room, library, dining/event space, and a gallery/theater.
Although the site is secluded, it’s within walking or biking distance of basic conveniences, including gas and limited groceries, in Natural Bridge Station and a short drive to many interesting sights!
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