Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
City: New York
Address: 512 Seventh Avenue, 43rd Floor
About The Partner
About Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts and to offering exhibition opportunities for underrepresented artists and artists of color. Rush was founded in 1995 by three brothers: Danny Simmons, visual artist and community builder; media mogul Russell Simmons; and Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons of the legendary hip-hop group RUN-DMC. Their goal was to fill the gap that poor and minorities face in both accessing the arts and exhibition opportunities.
Rush is proud of its success to date and is also looking toward a future in which their programs grow to encompass more children and artists, and they can continue to enhance access to arts institutions and arts experiences for minority and economically disadvantaged populations. Their three program areas—education programs, exhibits, and special projects—work together to open up the arts to populations facing hurdles to the joy and benefits of these experiences.
Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center is a core program of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Rush Arts Gallery provides an inclusive space for new audiences and promotes experimental ventures in visual production, curatorial work, performance art, and community involvement. Rush Gallery's Resource Center is equally progressive and donates the use of its space for events in all disciplines, with one-night events or fundraisers ranging from fashion shows and magazine release parties to grassroots fundraisers and educational lectures.