Sunday, April 6, 2008
During her testimony, Kerry stated something that is critical - that arts programs can help youth succeed in school academically. She stated, "without getting too specific about what the root causes are, art has gone absent from the classroom for far too many students. The skills acquired in arts training may lead to productive careers in art, but are really a piece of the academic development jigsaw puzzle."
Russell Simmons along with his brother Danny Simmons know the importance of youth arts programs. They hosted Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Arts for Life Miami on April 5, 2008 to celebrate and support youth arts organizations.
Director Brett Ratner, Wyclef Jean and Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons with Miami Heat player and philanthropist Alonzo Mourning
Danny Simmons, co-founder of Rush Philanthropic shared, "I particularly like when Rush partners with organizations outside the New York City area. Kids are kids wherever you go and the need to have the creative arts as part of their lives is essential. Events like the one in Miami only confirm my commitment to expand Rush into a national organization."