First Street Gallery Art Center is founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual disabilities. Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creativity and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities.
First Street Gallery Art Center provides clients with professional art training and exhibition resources. In the Center’s studio, about 50 artists create original works of art in a range of media including: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and collage. First Street’s staff is made up of professional artists whose role it is to help facilitate these projects and provide guidance when needed.
An integral part of the programming at First Street Gallery Art Center is the Gallery. First Street operates a professional gallery where every artist has an opportunity to display and sell his/her work. The exhibition schedule includes approximately five shows per year, most of which are dedicated to showing solely client work. Additionally, First Street also involves community members and guest artists through public workshops and collaborative projects.
First Street artists also participate in many off-site exhibitions and venues, both nationally and internationally. The Gallery’s goals are to get as much exposure and recognition as possible for our artists’ work, and to assist our clients in promoting and advocating for their own professional art careers. Artists earn a 60% commission on art sales.
First Street Gallery is a program of the Tierra del Sol Foundation.