Curated By Carolina Quintanilla

July 20, 2024 thru

 August 25, 2024

Across the country, we are witnessing an unprecedented number of legislative actions threatening trans, immigrant, and reproductive rights, the growing criminalization of dissent, and the continued funding of genocide abroad. As many brace themselves for another politically charged election year, A Soft Place to Land defiantly centers joy as a relational and embodied practice worthy of archiving and passing on.

Dreamed and conceptualized by SOMArts’ Gallery Director Carolina Quintanilla in close collaboration with participating artists, this multidisciplinary exhibition invites audiences to connect with our ánimos, a Spanish word referring to the state of our spirit and a term of encouragement, as an act of survival and care. The artists ask central questions: What lifts your spirits? What would reclaiming a home base rooted in joy look and feel like? What evidence of it are we leaving behind, to ensure we can always reconnect to it?

RSVP for the free, all ages opening reception
Friday, July 19, 6–9 PM PST

Gallery Hours
Entry is free during gallery hours
Thursday, 3:00–7:00 PM
Friday, 12:00–7:00 PM
Saturday–Sunday, 12:00–5:00 PM

SOMArts is wheelchair accessible and in proximity to several nearby public transportation stops. SOMArts does not have automatic doors at its Main Entrance. Restrooms are ADA-accessible and low-scent cleaning products are used.

For more detailed information regarding accessibility at SOMArts, contact [email protected] with any related requests, questions, or concerns.

Participating Artists

Lara Aburamadan
Alyssa Aviles
Alexa Burrell
Paola de la Calle
Gericault De La Rose
Sarah Smith
Tosha Stimage
Malaya Tuyay