Readings & Conversations with Danny Simmons
Wednesday, August 5, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesdays Arts & Culture Tour stops at the Bronx Museum where artist Danny Simmons will discuss his new book, The Brown Beatnik Tomes, which presents a collection of prose and paintings from the artist and entrepreneur.


Free admission and bar (donations suggested)

Location: North Wing Lobby



THE BRONX TROLLEY is a project of the South Bronx Cultural Corridor.  Making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse and in other sections of the Bronx, it provides an innovative way to travel free while giving Bronxites and tourists alike the opportunity to sample several of the area’s hottest cultural attractions, dining establishments and entertainment venues. For more information or to get details on riding the FREE Bronx Trolley click here.

The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour runs on the first Wednesday evening of every month, (except in the months of January and September).
2015 First Wednesdays: February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, October 7, November 4 and December 2. The trolley does not run during the months of September and January.


First Wednesdays Trolley begins at 5:00pm with a meet and greet reception with wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeurves at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos which is located at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse & 149th Street (easily accessible by the 2, 4 & 5 trains and the BX1 & BX19 buses). The trolley departs from Hostos at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm, making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse, dropping off riders at their selected stops and picking them up at the next go-around.

The trolley vehicle and many venues are wheelchair accessible.

The trolley ride and admission to participating venues along its route are free. Optional cost to passengers is for food, beverages and souvenirs they may choose to purchase along the way.



Public and Community Engagement Programs are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Beer has been donated by Bronx Brewery.



About the author

Danny Simmons, Jr., is an American abstract painter from Queens, New York, who once coined his particular style of painting as "Neo-African Abstract Expressionism." He is also the author of five books, the latest titled Deep in Your Best Reflection, an intimate compilation of real-life texts and emails shared with a former girlfriend. He conceived of and co-produced the hit HBO series Def Poetry Jam, which had such an amazing impact that Def Poetry is now offered as an elective at the University of Wisconsin; additionally, he won a Tony Award for the Broadway version of the show.


Among the most impressive artists of his day, The New York Times says that Danny Simmons "injects freshness" into his abstracts, and that they are "meticulously rendered and decoratively impressive". Simmons' work can be seen all over the world and in such prominent establishments as Chase Manhattan Bank, The Smithsonian, the United Nations and more. His work is highly respected within the art world and he has become extremely collectible; devoted fans of his work include music industry executive and producer Lyor Cohen and actor Will Smith.

Co-founder and president of the Rush Arts Gallery, Simmons is also founder and Vice President of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant arts exposure and access to the arts, as well as being a former board member of the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Conference of Artists.


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