In an effort to support local urban youth programs, Carnegie Corporation of New York has donated $100,000 to Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
The one-time sizable donation will assist the foundation in its mission to provide disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts.
"This gift couldn't have come at a better time in our expansion," said Tangie Murray, executive director of Rush Philanthropic. "We are
currently in a fundraising campaign for our 11,000 square-foot arts and resource center in East New York, Brooklyn, which we plan to open in the coming months. The Carnegie Corporation's donation will
hopefully be the first of many similar grants that will help us bring the arts, and other needed resources, to this important area of our city."
The Rush Foundation is one of 273 artistic and cultural organizations chosen by Carnegie Corporation to receive a grant for its service to
New York residents.
Established 11 years ago by Simmons and his two brothers, Danny and Joseph a.k.a. "Rev. Run," Rush provides art education, as well as exposure and exhibition opportunities to emerging artists and artists of color.
The charity organization has provided over 620 grants to nonprofits since it's inception in 1995.
In related news, Simmons' non-profit the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), will host a Dallas Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment on Saturday, October 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The event will take place at the University of North Texas' Main Auditorium located at 1401 West Hickory Street, Denton, Texas.
Paul Wall, Erykah Badu and others will attend the Dallas Hip-Hop Summit, which comes on the heels of a similar, successful Summit which drew thousands in Los Angeles on Sept. 30.