is a collective studio / project / event / community space
to learn from each other by making things near each other.
Our priority is to welcome people whose creative practice is integral to their life practice, who want to create a curious, playful, radical, and empathetic community together. The space is organized through collective decision-making processes and in a continuous process of being built and created together.
We’re a community of 20+ members and many many friends, working on art, design, architecture, biology, dance, aerial, illustration, reading, film, performance, technology, and teaching, who want their creative and emotional care to support a community with a healthy gender and racial balance. Most of us are women or non-binary, and most of us are POC. Through our nomination process, we prioritize trustful and personal relationships with each other over our professional and work relationships.
Like a communal garden, our space undergoes constant collective change and co-creation! We tend to it together, through regular weekly ‘gardening’ meetings, where we make collective decisions, host events. Like a communal kitchen, this sometimes means that our space is a little messier and disorganized than we’d like it to be, but this also means that we often have lots of delicious smells and happenings mixing together, created by everyone!
Past events have included:
Soft Surplus supports ongoing protests to dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism by defunding the police and abolishing prisons. We commit to continuous, long-term anti-racist work as a collective. These links are gathered by members and friends of Soft Surplus to provide soft neighbors the resources to self-educate and take action. If you have links you want to add or have any suggestions/inquiries about the list, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Instagram
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