Photo Story by Natasha Dangond/Photo Editor
The Community Arts Program (CAP) is one of the six programs offered through Hospitality House, a multiple-program agency established to provide for adults in the Tenderloin and Mid-Market neighborhoods who struggle with poverty, homelessness and other socioeconomic issues.
CAP is the only free-of-charge fine arts studio and gallery space in San Francisco. The program offers artists and neighborhood residents a space to create and explore self-expression in an environment that does not discriminate or limit artists based on their current state of living.
The CAP studio is currently closed for construction and is working toward providing a temporary space for the artists to create freely. Despite the temporary closure, volunteers and participants of the CAP set up a sidewalk art stand outside their studio location on Nov. 7, to encourage artists to continue creating.
“When you struggle with poverty or homelessness or isolation, creativity takes a backseat. We as an agency try to provide support and resources to make things immediately available,” studio manager and City College student Ivan Vera said. Vera has run the CAP program since 2009.
Over 3,500 local artists benefit from the free materials and environment to create, house, exhibit and sell their artwork.