Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's

Thank you to all our honorees, artists and supporters this past Saturday, October 21st at Electropositive in Brooklyn, our Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (Rush Arts) presented our sixth Gold Rush Awards, our annual event dedicated to celebrating cutting-edge art, music, fashion and culture. We are so grateful to all our partners joining our growing #RushFamily, including our #GoldRushAwards 2017 sponsors Belvedere Vodka, Heineken, LifeWtr, Bed-Vyne Wine, and PopSocial!

Gold Rush combines the visual arts, music and nightlife into a single thrilling night, all grounded in the culture of hip-hop. It features an awards presentation, renowned DJs, an art exhibition and auction, raffle prizes and an open bar in a party atmosphere, attended by 200+ diverse tastemakers. Proceeds from Gold Rush support our Rush Gallery Program, but this is a fundraiser that doesn’t feel like a fundraiser: it’s a bold, gritty and glamorous night of music and art shared by a packed crowd of exciting people.

Gold Rush Awards
Electropositive, 639 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Saturday, October 21, 2017



Akintola Hanif

Lyle Ashton Harris

Vanessa German

Peter Kunhardt Jr.

Shantrelle Lewis

Hosted By

Dallas Penn

Music by

DJ Azikwe “DJ Black Helmet” Mohammad

Special Guest Performance by


Featured Honorees Awards by

Pamela Council

Host Committee

Rahsaan “MR. Gandy” Gandy,
Creative Consultant and Host

Jasmine Wahi,
Co-Owner/Executive Director of Project For Empty Space and Gateway Project Spaces

Leanne Stella,
Founder/Director of Art In FLUX and FLUX Art Fair

Jae Joseph,
Chairman of The Brenon Joseph Trust

Rebecca Jampol,
Co-Owner/Executive Director of Project For Empty Space and Gateway Project Spaces

Dexter Wimberly,
Executive Director of Aljira a Center for Contemporary Art

Cultural Curator

Akintola Hanif,
Photojournalist and Founder/ Editor-in-Chief of HYCIDE magazine

Anderson Pilgrim,
Co-Founder, Caribbean Fine Art Fair (Barbados)

Alex Emmart,
Founder of Mighty Tanaka

KD Wilson,
Principal of Phenix Enterpr.

Andrew Lockhart,

Joey Lico,
Independent Curator

Stevenson Dunn,
Co-Founder of Bishop Art Gallery

Mikhalie Solomon,
Founder of Prizm Art Fair

Nicola Vassell,
Founder of Concept NV

Tiana Webb Evans,
Founder of ESP PR

Zoe Buckman,

Larry Ossei Mensah,
Curator and Co-Founder of ARTNOIR

Helen Toomer,
Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

Albert Nkulu Kakudji,
Founder/Managing Director of Kakudji Fine Arts 

Social Partner


Airline Partner


Supported by


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