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SOHO Photography Exhibit

SOHO Old Town Photography Exhibit
January 25-February 2, 2014

Closing reception: Sunday, February 2, 2:00–4:00 pm

The Power of a Story

Each of the 11 girls in the 2013-2014 SOHO Old Town (a Space of Her Own) class were given a film camera & the opportunity to create a series of narrative-based photographs. Armed with their cameras, a room full of costumes and props, & a lesson on dramatic lighting, the girls spent over an hour photographing themselves & their peers acting out a number of imaginative story lines. After the photographs were taken, the girls had the opportunity to develop a selection of their images in the dark room with Art League instructor Alison Duvall. 

SOHO Old Town (a Space of Her Own) is an award-winning outreach program that engages at-risk, low-income, 5th-grade girls in a year of personal growth centered on art. This special collaboration between The Art League & 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 & mentors work together to create expressive artwork. These sessions become the catalyst to discuss larger life concerns, decision-making, & 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.”



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