Following a meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this month that did not go as hoped, Chance the Rapper stated that he would be back with a plan to better support Chicago’s public school system. On Friday, March 31st following up on that promise, he announced the official launch of the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund.
The press conference where the announcement was made was held at Robeson High School and was streamed across various social media platforms, with Chance the Rapper being quoted stating that “we all know the Illinois education system is one of the most underfunded in the nation,” along with noting how important the arts are to young children. He then continued with “I’m excited to announce the creation, in collaboration with the Children’s First Fund, of the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund.”
Chance’s non-profit Social Works will work to locate CPS schools who are in most dire need of aid in improving the state of their arts programs. While noting that the Chicago Bulls have donated $1 million to the CPS foundation, Chance also stated “se are committed to giving the kids as much as we can.”
Chance has also recently announced that he plans to donate $1 million to CPS as well, a donation mad possible from ticket sales for his spring tour that include partnerships with Live Nation, AEG and Ticketmaster. Along with this Social Works will also match every $100,000 raised for CPS with an additional $10,000.
You can watch the press conference here:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 31, 2017
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