Arts and Culture

The Center offers opportunities for the entire LGBT community to experience art, culture, and social interaction in a stimulating environment.

  • The Center's Gallery offers a museum-quality space dedicated to showing the work of established and emerging artists.
  • The Rainbow Room, a 2,300 square foot multipurpose room, has held cabaret performances, youth dances, comedy shows and film screenings.
  • Exhibitions hung throughout the building give community members a comprehensive arts experience. We present between five and seven building-wide shows a year.
  • We offer youth art classes, culminating in exhibitions at The Center.

The Center collaborates with community groups to fulfill our mission of giving visibility to the culture, history, and diversity of our community. Through arts, culture, and social activities, we help the community grow and flourish, connect and interact.

  • The Queer Cultural Center acts with The Center to host visual art exihibits and the Center is proud to co-host The Q-Ball, the opening to the National Queer Arts Festival.
  • Frameline, the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival, hosts free screenings for the community of powerful films each month.
  • Hundreds of performances, films, readings, and mixers are held in The Center's Spencer Andrew Ceremonial Room every year.
  • Events occur with various community groups including youth, elders, people of color, women, deaf and hard of hearing people, parents and children, newcomers to San Francisco and people with HIV.
  • Recent social activities include community forums, holiday parties, and celebrations of significant social or legal victories.

Description of Art and Culture Program

The Center offers opportunities for the entire LGBT community to experience art, culture, and social interaction in a stimulating environment.

Planning a visit to San Francisco and always wanted to know about the SF LGBT Center?  We host tours and info sessions for groups and international visitors on request.   Please contact us as far in advance as possible.

The Center and Queer Cultural Center are excited to present “Queer Aperture,” photography by Jeffrey Horvitz. Featuring community members, cultural, civic/political leaders and allies of the local LGBT community through an online and physical exhibit running all year round. See below to see this month’s featured community member and an interview with them or come into the Center today and peruse multiple images located on the 2nd floor, Market Street Overlook!

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