Submit a Name

One of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s most popular programs is getting a name change and we need your ideas! A Space of Her Own, or SOHO for short, launched in the fall of 2008 and in the years since has positively affected the lives of almost 200 women and girls.

SOHO pairs 12 sixth grade girls at the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School in Richmond’s East End with 12 early-career women for a one-year mentorship program. The girls and women come together on Thursday nights for an entire school year, creating art and decorative items in VisArts’ studios. At the end of the year, they work together to makeover the girls’ rooms, incorporating the projects they’ve made together.

The girls get an inspiring space where they can dream but the biggest transformation happens inside each girl and woman. SOHO’s curriculum emphasizes trust, confidence, communication and self-efficacy, and helps both the girls and women tap into their own leadership capabilities.

SOHO was modeled after a comparable program in Alexandria, Virginia, and for many years, we have shared the name. This year, the Alexandria program is changing their model, which means it’s time for VisArts to find a new name for A Space of Her Own.

This is where you come in! If you’ve got a great name for this inspiring outreach program, we’d love to hear about it. Submit your ideas by Friday, August 19 for full consideration. We’ll announce the program’s new name in mid-September, so stay tuned!