Look at what we’ve been up to this past summer!!
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH (6-10pm) : Rise Up Gallery will be showcasing art at the City Hall Rotunda Gallery in Jersey City for the entire month of December and Thursday, December 8th will be the opening night reception! Come mingle, check out our vibrant work, meet our artists, and help propel Rise Up to the next level. Our art collection has grown considerably over the past 4 months and we are ready to display our latest pieces. If you can’t make the event, you may always purchase art via website (www.riseupgallery.com). Just in time for Holiday shopping and end of year tax write offs! Rise Up is also able to provide Corporate Art Installations, which is an excellent way for businesses to give to a charitable cause, obtain tax deduction, and enrich an open space. If you know a property manager, commercial real estate developer, or an office/lobby that needs to be brightened with original artwork, please refer them to Rise Up Gallery
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th (6-10pm)
City Hall Rotunda Gallery - 280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
RISE UP GALLERY:
In June 2011, we launched Rise Up Gallery as the flagship program of RUTCP. The gallery is a collective of artists with disabilities who present artwork during quarterly gallery exhibitions. Proceeds fund Quality of Life Grants for individuals living with paralysis and Research Grants to Medical Institutions searching for a cure to paralysis. We are actively searching for a permanent venue to house our office, adaptive art studio, and gallery. If you have any ideas or leads to help us find a permanent home please contact us!
A big THANK YOU to all the supporters of the 5k walk in Indianapolis! Partnering with Walking for Dreams, Rise Up Gallery was a part of this incredible fundraiser. As a result of these efforts, Rise Up was able to provide a quality of life grant to an Indiana resident that helped him purchase a rugby wheelchair! Thank you all the supporters for coming out!
Recently Rise Up rallied with Disabled in Action and United Spinal Association in the name of fair and equal transportation for all at the New York City Courthouse. Calling for the Taxi and Limousine Commission and the city of New York to design the new 2012 taxi cab to be wheelchair accessible; as of now, it is not. The Federal Judge decided in favor of Disabled in Action, which is the first step in having the 2012 taxi design reconsidered. Check out the movement below!
We recently attended the Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez movie premier for ‘The Way’ at the launching event for another great Paralysis cause, the Walkabout Foundation. Rise Up Gallery was proud to contribute two Rough Rider wheelchairs, to Walkabout Foundation last week. President Bill Clinton attended the fundraiser in a collaborate effort that helped the foundation raise over 600 wheelchairs for recipients all over the world.
Recently David was recognized with the New Jersey Hero award. Selected for his work with Rise Up to Cure Paralysis, and the development of Rise Up Gallery, David was paid a visit by the First Lady of New Jersey who presented him with the honorary title. A formal ceremony will be held at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion, on November 17th. Rise Up will be honored with a grant to support their ongoing work. Article HERE!
We have had an amazing uprising of volunteerism from many walks of life and we’re proud to welcome new faces and talents all the time! In addition to these incredible aids of change, we have also expanded our Rise Up Board of Directors and welcome these strong and capable minds with our growth. We are currently holding an official ‘Artist’s Call’! If you know of any artists with disabilities who might be interested in joining our collective, please spread the word and have them contact Rise Up!
Rise Up has an ongoing “Artist Call” and we’ve grown to a 5 person collective with a large inventory of artwork. If you know of an artist living with a disability who is interested in being part of our team, have them contact us! Since June, David has been exploring mixed media in the creation of his new art projects. Specifically, utilizing recycled skateboards to create colorful mosaics. Keep checking the www.riseupgallery.com website for new creations.
Rise Up headed to Capitol Hill on Oct. 18th to advocate on behalf of the Regenerative Medicine Promotion Act of 2011. Rise Up joined Unite 2 Fight Paralysis to speak to congress and encourage bipartisanship for the bill that hopes to change the way we look at progressive medicine. You can help by taking 30 seconds out of your day and follow this link; enter your name, country, and email and SEND! Its super easy and incredibly important for a better, more progressive medical tomorrow! http://www.opencongress.org/contact_congress_letters/new?bill=112-h1862&position=support
Rise Up was featured as Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s WBGO guest on ‘Newark Today’! Mayor Booker spoke to the importance of non-profit organizations providing community development and the importance of mentoring. Here is a link to the radio broadcast. http://www.wbgo.org/newarktoday
Thank you for helping us make this happen! Your generosity enables Rise Up to provide life changing programs to the paralysis community. You are all heroes for making a positive impact on people lives. Thank you for being part of our foundation. Hope to see you on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH.
All the best,