MidMountain
An Arts and Agricultural Space in constant growth.

About

We are a project in constant growth that believes in the power of people to reclaim space and importance of caring for your neighbors.

Our mission: Growing a creative community focused on sharing time and natural space to develop and reflect upon the art of storytelling, and literally nourishing our neighbors to imagine and grow a better future—one where we celebrate differences that make us collectively stronger.

MidMountain is a five-acre retreat on the James River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where we seek to cultivate and share experiences as a way to explore the relationships we have with each other and the world. We hope to establish a formal nonprofit to support arts programming and are seeking community input about interpreting the property’s past, which includes ties to colonization and human bondage.

The grounds are also being developed into a sustainable food forest with plans for agritourism and mutual aid distribution.


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MidMountain is also the studio of interdisciplinary artist Andy (River) Peterson, who occasionally creates and performs audio projects as MidMountain—the band.


We 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.

Chad Clark is founder, composer and producer of the Washington, DC band Beauty Pill. Clark is also a film and theater composer. Additionally, Clark is an essayist and author of the forthcoming anthology Pet The Bomb Sniffing Dog (Bohannon/Harper Collins 2023.)


Carolyn Fiddler is communications director for Daily Kos and is the nation’s foremost expert in state politics. She's spent her professional life working for various Democratic and progressive organizations. Fiddler is from a small town in Virginia you've never heard of, and her comic book collection is probably bigger than yours.


Chris Ingraham is a former Washington Post reporter who now writes about all things data-related at his newsletter, The Why Axis. He's the author of If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now, a book about his family's decision to move to rural northwest Minnesota based on the findings of an obscure USDA dataset.


Edward Ongweso, Jr is a New York City-based reporter covering labor and technology for Motherboard, VICE News’s technology section whose work has focused on app-based gig labor platforms, antitrust and antimonopoly law, labor movements, capital markets, and surveillance technologies. Ongewso also co-hosts a weekly podcast on technology and political economy: This Machine Kills.

Audé Negrete-Baños is a passionate advocate for social justice focusing on children’s, women’s, and Immigrant’s rights currently serving as the Executive Director of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino and American Affairs Commission. For over two decades her advocacy work has taken her around the United States and Mexico.


Abby Wendle is a sculptor of metal and sound. She enjoys swimming and saunas, gardening, and walking in the woods with her cat. Wendle currently works as a reporter and producer for NPR’s Invisibilia.


Community Calendar


We are grateful to be hosting several residency beta-testers coming to share space with us in 2022! We expect this Calendar to grow throughout the year.


Future:


Fall 2022 – Rachel Feltman

Rachel Feltman is the Executive Editor of Popular Science and the author of Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex. In her spare time she loves to cook, bother her 15-year-old cat, and write weird experimental fiction, trope-filled YA sci-fi, and erotica she'll only ever share with strangers on the internet. Feltman will be working on a short fiction project at MidMountain. Event details to come!


Past:

March 2022: Mali Obomsawin

Mali Obomsawin is a songwriter, bassist, composer, journalist and #landback organizer from Odanak Abenaki First Nation. Known for her many years with the group Lula Wiles, Obomsawin is stepping forward as a bandleader in 2022 with her highly anticipated jazz debut, Sweet Tooth, and is working to complete her first solo album as a singer-songwriter. Obomsawin spent time at MidMountain working on original songs for a forthcoming solo project and did an online concert via Instagram on March 18, 2022.


April 2022: Edward Ongweso, Jr & Erin Taylor

Edward Ongweso, Jr is a New York City-based reporter covering labor and technology for Motherboard, VICE News’s technology section whose work has focused on app-based gig labor platforms, antitrust and antimonopoly law, labor movements, capital markets, and surveillance technologies. Ongewso also co-hosts a weekly podcast on technology and political economy: This Machine Kills. Ongweso worked on a science fiction project and non-fiction book proposal at MidMountain.

Erin Taylor is a writer and editor living in New York City. They’re the author of the upcoming poetry collection Bimboland. They edit Observer Arts, and can be found @erinisaway. They worked on fiction projects at MidMountain.


EVENT: Imagining better futures, now!
April 25, 2022 9PM ET/6PM PT

Join us online for a Twitter Space hosted by MidMountain to discuss the challenge and power of imagining better futures in our current moment, featuring Cory Doctorow, Edward Ongweso, Jr, Erin Taylor, and Andrea Peterson.


The Site

MidMountain is located just outside the small town of Natural Bridge Station in southwest Virginia. The grounds feature a three-story brick home, multiple outbuildings including an old brick post office and separate workshop, 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 3,300 square feet, with sleeping for up to twelve people across 3 bedrooms and shared areas, 2.5 bathrooms, a modern open-concept kitchen, a library, a gallery, and visual art studio.

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!

Within a 15 minute drive:

  • The town of Glasgow

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Natural Bridge State Park

  • Cave Mountain Lake

  • Hiking in Thomas Jefferson National Forest

  • Halcyon Days Cider Co

  • Great Valley Farm Brewery and Winery

  • The Natural Bridge Zoo

  • Virginia Safari Park

  • Dinosaur Kingdom II

  • Public access points and outfitters on the Maury and James Rivers

Within a 30 minute drive:

  • Lexington and Buena Vista

  • Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery

  • George C. Marshall Museum

  • The Virginia Horse Center

  • Cyrus McCormick Museum

  • Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden

Within a 60 minute drive:

  • Roanoke, Staunton, and Lynchburg

  • Shenandoah National Park (South Entrance)

  • The Monacan Indian Nation and Ancestral Museum

  • Goshen Pass Natural Area

  • Crabtree Falls

  • Panther Falls

  • The Blue Ridge Academy of Music

  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

  • Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

  • Roanoke Pinball Museum

  • Virginia Museum of Transportation

  • O. Winston Link Museum

Within a 90 minute drive:

  • Charlottesville and Harrisonburg

  • Wintergreen Resort