We all need a place where we can feel safe and valued in our community. We need positive role models and opportunities to use our hands to create. We are never too young or too old to explore and dream about what we can become in life.
Space of Her Own – SOHO
Introducing SOHO – a collaborative partnership between the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and the Bounce Collective.
SOHO is transforming the lives of women and girls—inside and out.
SOHO’s purposeful program design provides meaningful leadership development for women and supports some of Richmond’s girls most in need. Ten women and ten 6th grade girls living in Richmond’s public housing learn how to lead through the complexity and uncertainty of life. By experiencing leadership and life training through hands-on learning, art exploration, and creative mentoring, SOHO women and girls expand the way they see and engage in relationships.
SOHO culminates with a bedroom make-over for each girl that incorporates all the art projects created in SOHO. Together, they transform bedrooms into positive, colorful, inspiring spaces where girls can study, rest, and dream.
Art-making becomes life changing when each girl has an inspiring friend who has made the commitment to listen and encourage her dreams.
How do I get involved?
SOHO mentors are women who come from all walks of life in the Richmond community and who share the encouraging words and patient hands that support strong, confident young women on a journey of self-discovery.
Download your mentor interest form here
What is the time commitment? SOHO 2012-13 Program Calendar
SOHO provides women with the experience, skills, and mindsets that help us thrive in today’s world. At SOHO, you will learn to:
- Foster collaboration in the midst of differing values and perspectives
- Inspire others to be more than they think they can be
- Engage in honest, candid conversations
- Think creatively under tight timelines
- Navigate change and ambiguity
Come share your creative energy and support a girl in our community!
To watch a video about our SOHO program, click here.
To learn more about other SOHO programs that are happening in Virginia click here.