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.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to become involved in this program.

Become a Mentor
SOHO runs from October through May, and VisArts recruits SOHO mentors in late summer of each year. The 2016-17 mentor application will be posted here when it’s available. The 2015-16 mentor calendar provides a helpful overview of what SOHO’s year looks like.

Donate to the Program
When you make a gift to VisArts and specify that it support SOHO, your dollars will help purchase art supplies, pay our artist instructors, fund our leadership and mentorship program for the women or help with room makeovers.

Become a Sponsor
Local businesses and organizations can demonstrate their commitment to the community by sponsoring a big sister, a little sister or pair for the year. Your sponsorship will be publicly recognized in SOHO’s print materials and website and you will receive an invitation to our closing ceremony in May.

Make an In-Kind Donation
Creating artwork and transforming bedrooms requires a lot of materials: sewing materials, painting supplies, photography supplies, etc. We are happy to accept in-kind donations that match our needs.

Please contact Nicki Stein at [email protected] or at 804-353-0094 x 234 for more information.

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

ACECF: Altria Companies Employee Community Fund
The Golden Rule Foundation
The Robins Foundation
WestRock Foundation
The Rea Charitable Trust
Martha Mabel Moore Charitable Trust
Dominion Foundation
EILEEN FISHER
Ashby

We would also like to thank our generous in-kind sponsors:

Plaza Art Supply

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

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