Soft Animal was born in the fall of 2021 out of a concern for the lack of explicitly safe spaces for marginalized folx here in Chattanooga, TN.
Our name is derived from this excerpt from Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese:
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
Safe spaces are a human right and there are not enough in our city. Soft Animal seeks to act as a “mobile safe space” by curating events that center and celebrate marginalized people, specifically:
People of Color
Et cetera…Everyone is important
All of our events aim to be:
Besides having a strict ZERO tolerance policy on hate (no jerks allowed!), we also thoroughly vet any venue we use and hire queer and/or black privately-owned security to keep an eye out.
Obviously, any venue we utilize must be ADA-compliant, period. All lyrics in performances will be subtitled and projected, and there will be ASL interpreters present at every event for our Deaf friends. We will provide a chill, quiet space at each show should someone need a break. Event pricing will be kept low or on a sliding scale, and public transportation access will be considered when planning each event.
Marginalized folx to center stage, please. Our performers will never be all cishet white men.
We seek to create joy and believe queer, black, fat, disabled JOY is its own merit as a human right but, at the same time, inherently a form of active resistance to hate. Soft Animal holds space for the celebration of our existence and centers the joy of marginalized folx.