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It was fitting that, in a week of global debates and national policy review, there was a celebration of artists who question society — from the killing of Mike Brown to the policy of war in the Middle East. However, for as deeply as the work as the artists tread, the party was a homecoming of sorts for art patrons and artists alike.

Rush Philanthropic co-founder Danny Simmons and the organization’s executive director Tangie Murray joined notable guests including rapper Talib Kweli, artist Sanford Biggers and DJ D-Nice – who also led one of three sets during the evening.   In addition to the awards, hosted by Fab 5 Freddy, hip hop icons EPMD and DJ Scratch headlined the awards show with a performance that captured the crowd in a 20-minute performance.  DJ Olivia Dope also led a set that evening.

A strong influencer and advocate of diverse contemporary artists as well as youth, Rush Philanthropic has launched an auction with Paddle 8 that includes works from honoree Willis Thomas as well as artist Kehinde Wiley.  Visit to view the available works.

Click on the pictures below to view more guests who celebrated the evening and see the video above to learn more about the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.



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