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Grant will help gallery foster creativity for artists with developmental disabilities

A $50,000 grant recently bestowed upon Claremont’s First Street Gallery Art Center is helping the local nonprofit continue to foster the creative skill set of developmentally disabled adults.

The Tierra del Sol Foundation, First Street’s mother organization serving and empowering individuals with disabilities for more than 40 years, became the recipient of the endowment earlier this month from The Rose Hills Foundation. This is the organization’s largest donation to date.

“We are delighted and proud to receive this grant from The Rose Hills Foundation,” said Tierra del Sol’s Executive Director Steve Miller in a recent press release. “This support will enable First Street Gallery’s Program Director Rebecca Hamm and her talented, dedicated staff to continue their outstanding work, both at First Street Gallery and in the Claremont and broader communities.”

For Ms. Hamm, who has served as First Street Gallery’s executive director for the last 22 years, the grant serves as not just a means of financial support, but as a vote of confidence in the gallery’s mission.

“That confidence seriously contributes to our stability, our continued successes and our long-term goal,” she said. “Down to the bone it is about quality of life for our individuals and their families. It is about creating bridges for folks.”

See our complete story in the Wednesday edition.

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