Introducing SOHO – a collaborative partnership between the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and the Bounce Collective.

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. SOHO is transforming the lives of women and girls—inside and out.

SOHO’s mission is to give each participant unique, hands-on art experiences in order 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 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. These relationships continue on after the conclusion of the program.

Check out our new SOHO BLOG! updated weekly on what’s happening in SOHO now and in years past.

How do I get involved?

SOHO Mentors

SOHO mentors are women in the Richmond community early in their career 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” once a week while completing art projects and participating in activities here at the Visual Arts Center as well as other events like our opening and closing ceremonies and room-makeovers at the girls home. As a SOHO mentor you receive leadership training from the Bounce Collective as well support and guidance by your own mentor within the Richmond community.

The deadline to apply to become a 2013-2014 SOHO mentor has passed!   Thank you to all who applied.  If you are interested in learning more about SOHO or being considered for next year, please contact  Jordan Roeder.

Come share your creative energy and support a girl in our community! Watch our in-depth video featuring interviews with our mentors and girls:


Questions? Contact: Jordan Roeder, Outreach Coordinator


SOHO is graciously funded by:

The Lipman Foundation
Luck Foundation
Human Diagnostics Laboratories
The Golden Rule Foundation

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

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