Hospitality House has helped combat homelessness in San Francisco since 1967, and art has been a foundational part of its programs — helping community artists from the Tenderloin and SoMa with free supplies, and running a studio and gallery space that’s free for community artists. The nonprofit’s annual art auction — Thursday, May 17, 6-9 p.m. at Minnesota Street Project — is its most celebratory fundraiser, where the work of acclaimed artists like Clare Rojas, Chad Hasegawa, and Catherine Wagner is auctioned next to pieces by community artists, and everyone partakes of food, drink, and even a DJ set. Several galleries from Minnesota Street Project (including Rena Bransten Gallery and Anglim Gilbert Gallery) have contributed art for the auction, which is in its 33rd year. Lots of organizations are also sponsoring a night where art and hospitality are truly intertwined.
Hospitality House Annual Art Auction, Thursday, May 17, 6-9 p.m., Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St. $50-$75; hospitalityhouse.org