Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) is dedicated to providing inner city youth across New York City with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to offer exhibition opportunities to emerging artists of color and to develop new audiences for the arts in New York City. 

Over the past 17 years Rush has built a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters, to help address a number of issues that all affect minority and economically disadvantaged populations’ access to arts institutions and arts experiences.  Our two program areas – education programs for children and exhibits featuring emerging artists – work together in a seamless way to open up the arts to populations facing hurdles to the joy and benefits of these experiences.  In addition to the 2,900 students served in it’s education programs, each year Rush exhibits the work of 40 to 50 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries; welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors; and provides unique opportunities for young people interested in careers in the arts.

Rush currently operates Rush Arts Gallery located in Chelsea, Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.