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Virginia is situated on North Meadow Farm in Waterford, Virginia and funded by The Balboni Family Trust. The invitation-only fellowship and residency includes visual artists, poets, dancers, and musicians. Waterford Village is a protected historic site rich with 18th and 19th century buildings, a history of Quaker abolitionism and farm fields and nature paths. The Waterford Foundation located at the Old School within the historic boundary contains an archive from the village and a staff of historians. Waterford is surrounded by many other important historic and natural sites. Some examples include Harpers Ferry, West Virginia site of John Brown’s raid and the launching point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg and Oatlands plantation. Nearby natural sites include the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River Valley. Washington DC is an hour’s drive away. The residency offers an immersion in a very specific place where a powerful sense of history and the natural world are intertwined. 


The heart of the program is visual storytelling. Both the fellowship and the study program capitalize on the centrality of stories to shape understanding. While facts and statistics wield power in the context of stories, the combination of images and words is perhaps a person’s most persuasive and powerful tool. This is as true of art, of public policy, of community activism, as it is for branding. Waterford is full of stories. History and ecology braid their way through the soil of the village The stories that emanate from Waterford are stories of resistance that have resonance for contemporary students and artists. The Quakers who founded and built Waterford offer a model of social justice. The deep history of the place can provide new narrative structures for a younger generation.

Hand drawn map of Waterford, Virginia by Eugene Scheel

Hand drawn map of Waterford, Virginia by Eugene Scheel