Dignify the Displaced


Hosted by the Board of Directors of Every Shelter and Co-Chaired by Anne Whitlock & Michael Skelly with Joe Meppelink & Marisa Janusz.

Dignify the Displaced


Friday, May 31, 2o24

6:oo – 1o:oo PM

Rice School of Architecture’s New Cannady Hall 

Houston, TX

*attire is dressy casual
  • Live music
  • Craft refreshments
  • Creative cocktails

Thanks to our generous sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

Over 100 million people are displaced. The average duration of displacement is over 20 years long.

We design shelter solutions for refugees and displaced families so they can create a home for that duration.

In short, Every Shelter is using the proceeds to help build and support our refugee-centric ecosystem in Uganda – Shelter WorkShop | Shelter Depot | Shelter Goods – a refugee relief model led by refugees at every level.

The art auction will be using a platform called ZGIVE to collect bids. ZGIVE is a secure and reliable online bidding platform that allows bidders to submit their bids from anywhere in the world. The platform provides real-time updates on bidding activity and allows for easy management of bids and payments. Bidders can participate in the auction by creating an account on ZGIVE, browsing the auction catalog, and placing their bids on the artwork of their choice. ZGIVE also provides a mobile app for bidding on-the-go. With its user-friendly interface and advanced security measures, ZGIVE ensures a seamless and transparent bidding experience for all participants in the art auction.

No, you do not have to be actively giving to Every Shelter in order to attend the art auction event. Every Shelter welcomes anyone who is interested in supporting its mission to attend the event and participate in the auction. While Every Shelter greatly appreciates any contributions that attendees may choose to make, there is no requirement to give in order to attend. The art auction event is open to the public, and Every Shelter encourages all members of the community to come together and support the cause of providing shelter and support to those in need. So feel free to attend the event and enjoy the art auction!

We want to share our vision with Houston! Expected attendance in excess of 200-300 art enthusiasts, friends of our organization, and socially minded Houstonians!

Every Shelter will release a catalog of pieces two weeks before the date and will circulate this catalogue to everyone on the RSVP list.

Thanks in large part to generous sponsors like you, we are able to extend free admission, free food, and free craft cocktails to this event.

Auctioning Artists have included:

  • Jack Massing
  • Krista Birnbaum
  • Bradley Kerl
  • Ellen Schuster
  • Will Bentsen
  • Natasha Bowdoin
  • Julie De Vries
  • Sarah Sudhoff
  • Tommy Gregory
  • Casey Argüelles Gregory
  • Paul Kremer
  • Snowfro / Erick Calderon
  • Shane Allbritton
  • Peter Allbritton
  • Charlotte Seifert
  • Riley Miller
  • Jo Ann Fleischhauer
  • Hannah Key
  • Matthew Reeves
  • Francis Mutembezi (Refugee Artist)
  • Wendy Ezekiel (Refugee Artist)
  • George Sacaris
  • Abi Ogle
  • Max Kremer


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