Today, I’d like to bring attention to Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program (CAP), the only free-of-charge fine arts studio for homeless and poor artists in San Francisco.
The director of Hospitality House recently offered my program's management team a tour of their services, and I felt particularly inspired by CAP’s mission: to promote creative self-expression as an antidote to the dehumanizing forces of poverty and homelessness.
CAP provides the materials and space for artists to create, store, exhibit, and sell their artwork. Artists have access to a variety of media, including painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. Studio assistants are available for artistic instruction and project guidance, and also provide referrals for case management, shelter, counseling, and crisis intervention. It functions effectively as a drop-in center, while still providing a calm, creative refuge.
I enjoy passing their vibrant window display each week; go check out your mid-Market neighbors! They're located at 1009 Market Street (at 6th Street). Studio hours are M/W/F 1-6pm, and T/Th 10am-3pm.
Additionally, if you are looking for a charitable way for you or your organization to contribute to the diverse mid-Market community, I would recommend supporting a well-established grassroots agency like Hospitality House. You can learn more about CAP and Hospitality House’s overall mission to address the root issues of poverty and homelessness on their website.
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