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Empowering Portraits From the Space of Her Own Mentorship Program

What do you love about yourself?

The girls in the Space of Her Own mentorship program recently answered that question with art. The result: a series of photographs and life-size self portraits, on view now at The Art League.

As part of their life skills and visual arts lessons, the Space of Her Own (SOHO) girls learned film photography and darkroom practice. They also created life-size self-portraits with markers and pastels, identifying their favorite personal traits.

Photography instructor Alison Duvall taught the photography lessons.

You can catch the 2017 Space of Her Own Photography Exhibit through Sunday, May 7 at The Art League gallery.

About Space of Her Own

Space of Her Own is a collaboration between The Art League, Alexandria Court Services Unit, and SOHO, Inc. This award-winning program serves at-risk 10-year-old girls, providing an effective solution to enhance Alexandria’s social welfare. The Art League provides visual arts education content for the program.

Nearly 200 girls have successfully completed the SOHO program hosted in part by The Art League, of whom 98% have not become court-involved. Many have continued long-term relationships with their adult mentors and constructive community engagement through SOHO.

The Art League’s visual arts content empowers and inspires the girls in the SOHO program to express themselves in creative ways. These special projects not only create the beautiful artwork you see on the walls — they are a catalyst for positive social engagement, artistic exploration, and expressive catharsis.

Creating self-portraits

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