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Philadelphia rolls out the red carpet for Danny Simmons

Philadelphia rolls out the red carpet for Danny Simmons

Posted: May 22, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Philadelphia - May 22 – 23, 2012 The Philadelphia community rolls out the red carpet and welcomes celebrity artist, poet, and philanthropist Danny Simmons Jr. (eldest brother of music mogul Russell Simmons) for a conversation, book signing, and art tour.  

The headline events with Danny Simmons will span across two days starting with a conversation on “The Role of an Artist, Collector, and Institution in the Urban Art Community,” on May 22nd at 6PM hosted by Vivant Art Collection.  The goal of the conversation is to explore the dynamic contributing roles of the art world and the impact in the urban art community.  On May 23rd at 6PM at the African American Museum in Philadelphia will host a book reading and signing of “Deep in Your Best Reflection- Poems in 160 Characters,” featuring a special performance by members of the poetry collective, Spoken Soul 215.  Both days will include a tour of Philadelphia’s famous arts institutions, including the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Barnes Foundation, and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, sponsored by the Philly 360 and Cherry Hill Classic Cars – Jaguar Dealer.

Danny Simmons is a world-renowned multi-disciplinary artist, producer, art collector, and philanthropist.  He recently released a new book of poetry, titled “Deep in Your Best Reflection, Poems in 160 Characters,” and is famous for writing, “Three Days as the Crow Flies” and “I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home.”  In the art world, Danny Simmons is recognized as an internationally acclaimed contemporary abstract artist, who coined his style of painting as “neo-African Abstract Expressionism.”  Over the past 15 years, his paintings have been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United Nations.  His international exhibits have shown in France, Amsterdam, and Ghana.

Danny Simmons is the president and founder of the Rush Arts Gallery in Manhattan, New York and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.  In addition, Danny – alongside his siblings, music mogul Russell Simmons, and hip hop legend Joseph Simmons aka “Rev Run” co-founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with access and exposure to the arts. Danny and Russell, also co-founded the HBO show Def Poetry Jam. Danny Simmons serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the New York State Council on the Arts.  Danny Simmons holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from New York University, a Masters in public finance from Long Island University, and an honorary PhD in Fine Arts from Long Island University.

Vivant Art Collection – a cultural arts gallery in Old City, Philadelphia is at the forefront of presenting enriching cultural artwork, exhibitions and creating a hub for artists, collectors, and professionals.  Gallery director & art consultant Florcy Morisset collects cultural art highlighting and strengthening economic development in underrepresented regions and countries such as the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Haiti.  As an art consultant, Ms. Morisset curates art exhibits, cultural programs, and diverse audiences.

African American Museum in Philadelphia – Founded in 1976 in celebration fo the nation’s Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.  Throughout its evolution, the Museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans and people of the African Diaspora from pre-colonial times to the current day.