Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 15, 2008
For the ninth year in a row, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is preparing for its highly anticipated annual benefit, Art For Life, to be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the home of Russell Simmons in East Hampton.
The organization was founded by the three Simmons brothers -- hip-hop mogul Russell, Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons of the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, and visual artist Danny Simmons - as an outgrowth of their personal experience of overcoming adversity through music and art, and their passionate desire to help artists and young people who face the same struggle.
This year’s event, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will raise funds to support arts and educational programs for thousands of New York area urban youth.
Among the pieces up for auction is this OBAMA HOPE original, donated by the artist, Shepard Fairey.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that Fairey has created a series of posters supporting Barack Obama's candidacy for President in 2008, which led a massive grassroots street awareness campaign. Fairey's PROGRESS, HOPE, and CHANGE posters have created a huge impact in the visibility of the Obama Campaign, in which Senator Obama, himself, personally thanked Fairey for making this art.
Details on Art for Life at rushphilanthropic.org