Chance The Rapper Announced Arts & Literacy Fund To Benefit Chicago Public Schools
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:11:12
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Less than a month ago, Chance the Rapper announced he would be giving one million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation "for arts and enrichment programming." Now the superstar rapper and all around good guy is taking things a step further by announcing the New Chance Arts and Literacy Fund to benefit arts education in Chicago Public Schools.
Chance made the announcement Friday afternoon at Paul Robeson High School in Englewood, saying, “As an artist and an after school teacher, I know the arts are essential. To ensure that more students have more access, I am excited to announce the creation of the New Chance Arts and Literacy Fund. The fund will bring arts program and materials to schools that have experienced a decrease in five-year graduation rates, experienced budget cuts and lack of textbooks, and are without music or arts programs.”
As for Chance’s earlier donation mentioned above, the NBA’s Chicago Bulls matched the rapper, giving one million dollars to area schools. And a variety of Chance’s celebrity friends also donated, including Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and Hannibal Buress, bringing the current total to $2.2 million,which goes even further than expected as for every $100,000 raised for CPS, Chance’s non-profit Social Works is donating $10,000 to a specific Chicago school. 10 schools have already received donations, and 12 more were announced Friday.
Anyone else interested in donating can do so via Chance's Social Works website.
Chance, meanwhile, is gearing up for a spring/summer tour that begins April 24th in San Diego, California. It seems like he's busier than ever (no wonder he needs an intern) bringing joy to all he can.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff