The kids of Chicago’s public school system have been giving blessings… not by chance, but from Chance the Rapper.
On Monday, Chancellor Johnathan Bennett AKA Chance the Rapper announced that he would be making a donation to the Chicago Public Schools. His $1 million donation would go towards arts education.
His announcement was made by the Grammy Award-winning artist at an unplanned press conference. The impromptu even took place at Chicago’s Westcott Elementary School.
Chancelor Bennett was born and raised in Chicago. The rap star attended local public schools growing up.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently vetoed a bill that would assisted with paying the school district’s pension bill. Chance the Rapper met with Rauner that following weekend.
The following is from a NY Daily News report:
Chance said Monday that their conversation had been “unsuccessful” and that Rauner would only propose solutions with “caveats and ultimatums.”
“While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource,” Chance said.
Live Nation, AEG, Ticketmaster, and independent promoters and venues will work in coordination to donate funds from ticket sales for Chance’s upcoming concerts to Chicago Public Schools.
In addition to his personal donation and the donations from his ticket sales, fans can donate directly through the SocialWorks website. For every $100,000 raised, SocialWorks will donate $10,000 to a specific Chicago public school.
Chance went on to say that increased funding for the arts in schools would help teach students valuable lessons about perseverance and collaboration.
“This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing. This about taking care of the kids,” Chance said.