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: Space of Her Own is an artful mentoring program that supports some of Richmond’s girls most in need and provides meaningful leadership development for women. Twelve women from our community and twelve sixth grade girls living in Richmond’s public housing are paired up as big and little sister for an entire school year. These pairs learn leadership and life skills together through hands-on learning, art exploration and creative mentoring. Women and girls explore new forms of expression and artistic process to make beautiful creations in almost every studio at VisArts

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 rooms that can be a space of her own for each girl. In addition to the beautiful creations and this new space, SOHO strives to positively affect the interior space of her own that will serve as a source of strength into her future.

The first SOHO: Space of Her Own program at VisArts began in the fall of 2008. Since that time the program has affected the lives of over 100 women and girls.  Many mentors have remained close to their “little sister” and continued supporting them through high school and even college.

Follow our SOHO program all year long by reading our  SOHO BLOG   

How can I get involved?


There are many ways to become involved in this program. Please contact Nicki Stein at [email protected] or at 804-353-0094 x 234 to discuss these options and learn more!

Become a Mentor

We are currently looking for “big sisters” for SOHO!  SOHO runs from October through May of each year. The deadline to apply for SOHO 2015-16 is September 1, 2015. If you have any questions, or would like to meet with a SOHO coordinator, please let us know. You can find the Mentor Application and the Mentor Schedule for 2015-16 below.

SOHO 2015-16 Mentor Application

Mentor Calendar 2015-16

We will hold a Q&A Session for those interested in learning more about becoming a SOHO Mentor on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6-7PM at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. All interested candidates are welcome to attend! Please contact [email protected] to learn more.

Financial Support
A donation for SOHO will help purchase art supplies, pay our artist instructors, fund our leadership and mentorship program for the women or help with room makeovers at the close of the program.  We gladly accept any level of donation you can provide.

Local businesses and organizations can choose to sponsor a big sister, little sister or pair for the year and show their commitment to our community. Your business or organization’s sponsorship will be publicly marketed through our printed materials and website and will receive an invitation to our closing ceremony in May.

In-Kind Donations
Creating artwork and transforming bedrooms requires a lot of materials: sewing materials, painting supplies, photography supplies, etc. We will be happy work with you to accept in-kind donations that match our needs.


 This year’s SOHO program has been generously funded by:

ACECF: Altria Companies Employee Community Fund
The Community Foundation
The Golden Rule Foundation
The Robins Foundation
MeadWestvaco Foundation
Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Charitable Trust
Martha Mabel Moore Charitable Trust
Eileen Fisher
Quirk Gallery

We also want to thank our generous in-kind sponsors

Atlas Realty
Plaza Art Supply

Space of Her Own: SOHO is an Affiliate Member of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership.

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