For the second year in a row Two Street Gallery will raise funds and awareness for a local cause through art sales and matching donations. Funds raised from the month long promotion this year will be given to The Door, a local charity that offers safety and shelter to youth in need. “It is part of our commitment to our community,” said Kate Wood, a senior member and part owner of the downtown art gallery. “As a downtown merchant we feel strongly about sharing some of our success for worthy community causes and have made this annual winter charity promotion part of our business plan.”
“The Door is licensed to provide emergency shelter 24-7 for homeless youth ages 12 to 18 and is operated by the Fairbanks Youth Advocates (FYA),” says Executive Director Marylee Bates, a former Fairbanks North Star Borough teacher. “Last year we provided shelter services to 120 different youth and are honored to be selected as 2 Street Gallery’s charitable focus.” FYA is a federally recognized 501c3 non-profit organization and governed by a local board of directors. The Door Youth Shelter is located at 138 10th Avenue and can house up to 12 kids.
Two Street Gallery will kick off this year’s fundraiser with a February First Friday event. Various members of the gallery are creating unique works of art to benefit The Door. Purchasers of the special artwork will have the opportunity to post their name or business with the artwork that will be on display for the month of February. The gallery will also have a donation jar on site for the entire month, and will match donations up to $500.
Two Street Gallery’s First Friday Fundraiser begins at 5pm on February 2nd. It is located at 535 2nd Ave., downtown in the Co-op Building.