We are now recruiting members for the 2014-2015 SOHO year! Scroll down to learn more and apply.

SOHO’s mission is to give each participant unique, hands-on art experiences to cultivate a positive view of her future along with the motivation and ability to be strong, confident and creative leaders.

SOHO’s purposeful program design provides meaningful leadership development for women and supports some of Richmond’s girls most in need. Twelve women and twelve sixth 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.

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SOHO culminates with a bedroom makeover 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. These relationships continue on after the conclusion of the program.

Check out our  SOHO BLOG, updated weekly on what’s happening in SOHO!

Become A Mentor!

We are now recruiting members for the 2014-2015 SOHO year! Come share your creative energy and support a girl in our community!

SOHO mentors are women early in their career or who may be starting a new direction in life who wish to share their encouraging words and patient hands to support strong, confident young women on a journey of self-discovery. You will act as mentors to your “little sister” each week while completing art projects and participating in activities here at the Visual Arts Center. You also will have an active role in events such as our opening and closing ceremonies and the final room makeovers at each girl’s home.

Watch the in-depth video below to hear from past big and little sisters of the program about their experiences.

SOHO: Interviews from Briget Ganske on Vimeo.

As a SOHO mentor you receive leadership and mentorship training to help guide you towards your own future and help you do the same for your little sister. This will include workshop-style sessions on Friday afternoons that address topics such as effective communication, authentic leadership, goal-setting, and cultural competency. You will also receive training and consultation about your role as a big sister and how to navigate your relationship with your little sister.

SOHO is a program with a big impact, and it does require a time commitment from you as a mentor. Please take a look at our SOHO 14-15 Schedule – for Mentors as you consider applying.

Please submit a SOHO Mentor Application and resume to Jordan Roeder, Outreach Coordinator  no later than Friday, August 29th.

2014-15 SOHO Mentor Application

 SOHO 14-15 Schedule – for Mentors

Via Email

By Mail:
SOHO Program
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Opportunities for Employee Sponsorship

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Although SOHO is offered to women from all walks in life in Richmond for no cost, SOHO provides businesses in Richmond with the opportunity to support the SOHO program while giving their female employees a unique professional development opportunity. Employers can choose to sponsor the SOHO mentor experience for a female employee.

SOHO’s leadership curriculum provides mentors with the training and experience they need to continue to succeed in their careers and personal lives.In addition, their unique mentoring experience allows them a positive space to practice this leadership while forming a meaningful relationship.

Sponsor a woman at your company today!Sponsorship for a mentor for eight months at SOHO is only $2,500, to sponsor a SOHO mentor-mentee team is only $5,000. This covers expenses such as art supplies, health snacks, and room make-over necessities in addition to fees associated with the women’s leadership and mentorship training sessions. 

More information and an application for potential sponsored mentors is below. Employers and employees can fill out this application together. This will be followed by an interview with the applicant. If chosen, our SOHO staff will follow up with your company on the details of your sponsorship.

SOHO Sponsor Information 2014-15 Mentor Sponsorship Application

SOHO Sponsor Information

 Questions? Contact: Jordan Roeder


SOHO 2013-2014 year was graciously funded by:

The Lipman Foundation
Luck Companies Foundation
Health Diagnostics Laboratories
The Golden Rule Foundation

Thank you to our 2013-2014  in-kind sponsors:
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Space of Her Own: SOHO is an Affiliate Member of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership.

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SOHO in Richmond, Va., was founded in 2008 by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and the Bounce Collective. The Bounce Collective remained a program partner until the summer of 2014.