Now, with the help of his SocialWorks organisation, the "Angels" rapper has raised a whopping US$2.2 million dollars, which will go toward the Chicago Public Schools' arts programs. The rapper announced a new education awards event to launch in 2018, along with announcing the twenty Chicago public schools that will be recipients of donations from his New Chance Fund.
He said it's time for everyone to step up and support arts education. The principals from one school said the money will help them expand their arts education.
"In the summertime when the city's at its most handsome point, when people are supposed to be outside enjoying themselves, there's an undercurrent of something ominous", he said Friday in announcing the grants at the Harold Washington Cultural Center.
Speaking at the first Social Works - the rapper's youth empowerment charity - summit, Chance discussed the initiative during a 20-minute presentation which he knowingly presented in the style of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Each of the 20 schools will receive $100,000 over the next three years, according to SocialWorks, while CPS and Ingenuity will provide budgeting and staffing guidance.
Orr Academy High School Principal Shanele Andrews said in a statement that she intends to focus her grant on converting a classroom into a digital design laboratory where students will learn photography, media arts, graphic design and video production. "I'm going to do what I can.' We need more students like this".
"We wanted to share these funds with as many schools as possible, while also ensuring that each school would receive enough to have a real impact and make a real difference", said Chance.