Chance the Rapper made a major announcement about his efforts to support Chicago Public Schools on Friday afternoon at Robeson High School on the South Side of Chicago. He announced the launch of the ‘New Chance Arts & Literature’ fund.
Chance says with the $2.2 million dollars his charities have donated, 12 different Chicago schools will be receiving funding.
Today’s announcement comes about a month after he met with Governor Bruce Rauner about CPS funding. A couple of days later, Chance announced more than $1 million in donations from SocialWorks to various CPS schools and the CPS foundation.
Saying the “arts are essential,” Grammy Award winner Chance the Rapper announced Friday that he was creating a new fund to offer programs at Chicago schools hardest hit by budget cuts.
Flanked by students at Paul Robeson High School, the city’s favorite rapper said the new arts programs would start in the fall. Chance, who grew up in Chatham, has been raising money for schools through his website and his nonprofit organization, Social Works Chicago.
Chance also announced that the Chicago Bulls had matched his $1 million donation he made to CPS for arts education. In all, Chance said he had raised $2.2 million for schools.
Furthermore, 10 city schools got $10,000 direct from his organization, and he said another 12 would also get $10,000.
Chance is a graduate of Chicago’s Jones College Prep High School.