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Youth Arts Initiative

The Art League's outreach programming includes creative collaborations and projects with organizations and groups serving vulnerable and at-risk children and young adults from underserved local communities.


Seeking Mentors:

Designing, crafting building, innovating… at a Space of Her Own, preteen girls experiment with art and uncover unique talents with the encouragement of caring mentors. Girls are paired with professional adult female volunteers and engage in visual arts, carpentry, and life skills lessons to open their worlds to new possibilities. Pairs meet in a group setting one night a week for the initial program year, which culminates bedroom transformations for each girl. 

Information for prospective mentors will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00-11:00 am at the Madison Annex, (305 Madison Street) and on Tuesday, July 10, 6:30-7:30 pm at The Art League Gallery.

Please visit spaceofherown.org to register. For more information, please email Katherine Matthews at recruitment@spaceofherown.org.

Space of Her Own programs are managed in partnership with the City of Alexandria’s Court Service Unit, Alexandria City Public Schools and The Art League.


The Art League’s collaboration with SOHO, Inc.—now in its 13th year— continues to strengthen the City of Alexandria’s ability to reach and intervene for youth who would otherwise be at-risk for delinquent behavior.

The Space of Her Own project is an afterschool art-based mentoring program designed to use art as a catalyst for change in at-risk youth in the local community and the region. This program year, The Art League’s commitment to this life-transforming program takes the form of targeted visual arts education curriculum across multiple Alexandria-based SOHO chapters. Here's a link to a clay animation that the girls created in December around the theme of bullying:



Recent Community Projects:



The Art League partnered with the USO to provide a creative T-Shirt screening retreat for young cancer patients at the Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for military personnel and their families.



Tenants and Workers United builds the power of the low-income community of color – primarily immigrants – to create changes that positively impact the quality of all of our lives in Alexandria. The Tenants and Workers United Summer Youth Institute provides cultural opportunities for Alexandria girls and boys ages 12-18. The Art League partnered with TWU to provide visual arts curriculum that aligned with the life lesson plans of the Institute.



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