Nora Valdez Cultural Exchange, Peru Back NORA VALDEZ Cultural Exchange, Peru (Artist in Residency, Ayacucho, Peru 2006, 2007, 2008) Funded by an anonymous family Foundation and administered by the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center from VT, MADRE from NY and CHIRAPAQ an indigenous Cultural organization based in Lima, Peru. In this program I teach indigenous Quechuas from Ayacucho Peru to carve their local stone ( Piedra de Huamanga). I have been their artist in residency for the past three years. I worked for a month and we produce work that end in an exhibition in the local Museum. Two students are selected to travel to Vermont to learn more about stone carving each year.