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Profile Last Updated: 03/04/2021

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The Foundation is dedicated to providing inner city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for underrepresented artists and artists of color.


Established in 1994 in New York - 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 give both poor people and minorities access to the arts and exhibition opportunities. The Simmons' personal experience, as well as the experience of a number of their friends in the art world, led them to conceive of creating a venue that would welcome underrepresented artists; people of color, women, older artists etc. At a time when most New York City schools had little to no arts programming in the classroom, the Foundation also felt strongly that there was a need to foster arts education for young people in the community. Out of these needs, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation was born.


Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

Public charity




4954 Old York Road Philadelphia, PA United States 19141

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