Community | 12 Days of Giving - Day Six

By: Megan Gonzalez


Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage altruism and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature will share the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform you and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.


Day 6 – First Street Gallery Art Center

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First Street Art Gallery is an exhibition resource and art management center for adults with developmental disabilities that is set up in Claremont, California. First Street Art Gallery is a part of Tierra del Sol Foundation. This gallery provides adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to contribute culturally and economically to society. First Street Art Gallery provides a way for individuals to express themselves while giving them the opportunity to make a living and become as independent as possible.

The gallery and Tierra del Sol demonstrate how those with varying physical and intellectual abilities are capable of artistic expression. Tierra del Sol helps these young adults see that there are many ways for them to flourish. The program from Tierra del Sol that is implemented in the gallery is Vantage Services. This program helps adults with developmental learning and social challenges overcome challenges to create successful futures. They are lead through the PATH plan that provides practical steps that help participants reach their goals.

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If you’d like to help these individuals reach their full potential there are a couple of ways to help out the gallery. You could become a Friend of First Street, which means you can support this community of artists. Financial donations allow artists the materials and support needed to create their amazing artwork. One perk is that as a donor you get sneak peek at the art before it is released to the public. To donate you can click here. Another way to help out is by buying art; it’s a win-win for both parties. Not only are you helping the artist become as self-sufficient as possible, but also you get a get piece of art in return. The artists make a 60 percent commission. If you’d like to view the work of these awesome artists go here, or stop by the gallery in person. First Street article is tax-deductible. For more information about donating email

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First Street Art Gallery is located at 250 W. First Street, Suite 120 in Claremont, CA. Stop by to see all the jaw-dropping work that is on display at the moment. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:30a.m. to 5p.m. visit their Facebook to be up to date with everything going on at the gallery. If you have any questions call (909) 626-5455 or email

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