Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper has just gifted $1 million to Chicago’s public schools, where he received his education as a child. The money will benefit the arts and extra-curricular programs of ten elementary and high schools in the area.
Chance stated in a press conference, “I’m honored to make this donation to Chicago Public Schools Foundation and help cultivate Chicago creative minds. I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts.”
Chicago schools have been dealing with budget issues for years, and spending cuts have disproportionately affected arts programs. Chance has been a strong advocate for improving education standards in Chicago: earlier this month, the artist met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to share his concerns about recent education budget cuts. He has received praise from various members of the community and from such notable figures as Michelle Obama, who described the artist as “an example of the power of arts education.”
Chance desires his gift to be “a call to action,” and hopes that further measures will be taken to reintroduce various after-school and arts activities to Chicago public schools. The artist stated that he will “do all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: its children.”