LET’S TALK ABOUT IT TUESDAY – ART OF LIFE PHILLY
It’s Tuesday and let’s talk about what’s coming up in Philadelphia, PA.
The Art of Life Gala. Honoring Jane Golden of Mural Arts; artist, printmaker, professor, art activist Judy Brodsky, and artist James Brantley at this years’ Art For Life Philadelphia at The Painted Bride. Join us at #ArtForLifePhilly as we celebrate our honorees; showcase the #ArtForLifePhilly Art Auction featuring works by Derrick Adams, Rashid Johnson, Shepard Fairey & more; and continue to expand and highlight those central to our Rush Arts Philly mission: the youth & artists that bring our work to life!
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at the
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
HOSTED BY ANGELA & VENESSA SIMMONS
CO-HOSTED BY: LENNY BAZEMORE
The Celebrity-Hosted Event Benefits Rush Arts Philadelphia’s Community Programs for Youth and Emerging Artist, poet, and philanthropist Danny Simmons who founded RAP in 2016 after relocating his home to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY.
For more than two decades RAP provided under-served inner-city youth in New York City with significant exposure to the arts, as well as developed and supported under-represented artists through two New York City galleries. Simmons decided to locate RAP in the Logan section of Philadelphia to spur a revitalization of the neighborhood through the arts. Since RAP’s founding, the organization has offered visual and performing arts classes to children and adults, including free progressive, multi-week programs, and exhibitions that have provided exposure to emerging artists and curators of color, while also introducing the Logan residents to high-quality fine art.
RAP has exhibition and programming partnerships with the Barnes Foundation, Art Sanctuary, PAFA, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AMMP), and Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP), among others. RAP artist studios were also the site of the AAMP Residency for Art & Social Change and MAP erected a mural of Danny Simmons’s work directly across the street of the RAP Gallery at 4954 Old York Road.
The ART FOR LIFE fundraiser was a must-attend annual affair in the Hamptons and for Art for Life Philly, Danny Simmons hopes to create a new cannot miss event, with a more accessible ticket price starting at $150. Donors can further support the event by purchasing art donated by visual artists for the occasion.
ART FOR LIFE PHILLY’s hosts is Angela and Vanessa Simmons, daughters of Danny’s brother Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons. Rev. Run headlined the first RPAF fundraiser nearly twenty-five years ago and Angela and Vanessa were recently elected to the board of RPAF. Manayunk real estate development and entrepreneur, and Angela and Vanessa’s colleague on the PRAF board Lenny Bazemore serves as co-host and Jo-Jo Simmons will serve as honorary co-host.
Event Chairs include music legend Kenneth Gamble and entrepreneur, Temple University professor and television commentator Marc Lamont Hill and social entrepreneur Taneshia Nash Laird, and the host committee includes Yona Deshommes, Drew Giddings and Haqq Islam.
Past honorees and supporters of the ART FOR LIFE fundraiser in the Hamptons include Will Smith, Oprah, Jay Z, Serena Williams, Ava DuVernay, Susan Sarandon, Magic Johnson, Alec Baldwin, Anna Wintour, LL Cool J, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Soledad O’Brien, Alex Waislitz, Nari Ward, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Michael Bloomberg, Kimora Lee Simmons, Martha Stewart, and Gordon Parks among many others.
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About Rush Arts Philly
Rush Arts Gallery’s mission is to build a community-driven art space that provides opportunities to both local artists and curators, focused on community revitalization and relevance to the people of the surrounding neighborhoods, and arts-based educational opportunities for local youth who can benefit from them the most.
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Photos and Credits via: Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation