Emily from the Visual Arts Center wrote us:
I’m an Education Intern here at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond-We are currently searching for mentors to take part in our Make Space artful mentoring program for the upcoming school year and thought that folks in the Church Hill community might be interested in taking part! Here’s a little more information about the program:
Make Space pairs 12 sixth-grade girls-all of whom attend Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School-with 12 women for a year of mentorship and art-making. VisArts launched the program in the fall of 2008, and since then, it has affected the lives of almost 200 women and girls. The big/little pairs meet on Thursday evenings from September through May and create art together in VisArts’ studios, learning leadership skills and the art of self-expression. In addition to meeting with the girls, mentors also attend their own training sessions once a month throughout the year. These sessions are led by guest speakers and are designed to expand the mentorship and leadership skills of each woman.
The artwork the women and girls make together- like throw pillows, lap desks and self-portraits-are saved until year’s end, when each girl receives a bedroom makeover. Big/little pairs work together to install all of the girls’ art projects as well as assemble new furniture and clean and repurpose existing furniture. The work results in 12 colorful and inspiring rooms that give each girl a space to make her own. Over the years, many women and girls have formed lasting relationships that extend through middle school, high school and even college.
We’ve also attached our Mentor Schedule for the upcoming year to this email. Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone who you think might be a good fit-we’re also happy to answer any questions you might have, just reach out to our program manager Nicki Stein at email@example.com or call 804-353-0094 x.234.