Omari Rush is curator of public programs for the Ann Arbor Art Center, a job he took in June of 2014.
From 2005-2014, he was education manager at the University Musical Society. He is on the board of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation, and served as chair from 2012-2014. He's also a member of the board of directors of the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, the Neutral Zone, and the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Rush is founder of shur!, which he describes as a "monthly series designed to help my peers say 'yes' (or 'shur') to an empowered life." He organizes the Ann Arbor "Fox Trot" (informally called "How To Be A Grown-Ass Man"), an occasional event for men that combines social interactions with tutorials on "gentlemanly things."
Rush is from Tallahassee, Florida and received his bachelor's degree from Florida State University. He earned a master's degree in music from the University of Michigan.
In the News
OpEd: Make creativity a priority in Ann Arbor – Concentrate, Oct. 8, 2014
Barracuda and the shur! Mural Project: all in a day’s work – Barracuda Networks blog entry, June 27, 2014
ANNthropology: Omari Rush – The Ann Magazine, March 2014
How A Bunch Of Guys In Michigan Learned To Make Cocktails And Dress Themselves – Business Insider, Nov. 13, 2013
A Foxtrot Through Downtown Ann Arbor – Concentrate, June 12, 2013
Shur! Saying Yes to Ann Arbor, and Living It – Concentrate, Jan. 16, 2013
- Guest Blogger: Omari Rush, Concentrate, 5 December 2012