The Art League will feature a special exhibit of photographs taken by this year’s SOHO (Space of Her Own) class from January 28-February 6, 2012.
After a basic photography workshop with Art League instructor Allison Duvall, each girl was given a point and shoot camera, a roll of black and white film, and tasked with taking photos of the people, places, and things most significant to them.
The images taken were used as a catalyst to write stories about their lives. They went into the darkroom to develop the image that held the most significance to them, and then wrote an accompanying statement or story to go along with their photograph.
The show provides an inside look into the world of these girls, and an opportunity for viewers to see how the SOHO outreach program positively impacts the lives of these girls and the Alexandria community.
Our award-winning "Space of Her Own" (SOHO) outreach program engages at-risk, low-income, 5th-grade girls in a year of personal growth centered on art. This special collaboration with the City of Alexandria's Court Service Unit pairs each girl with an adult, female mentor to participate in art lessons led by Art League artist instructors. Each week, girls and mentors work together to create expressive artwork. These sessions become the catalyst to discuss larger life concerns, decision-making, and emotional issues. At the completion of the program, the teams remodel each of the girls' bedrooms, incorporating all of their artwork, to truly give each girl a "space of her own."