Chance the Rapper announced Monday that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools for arts education.
The Grammy Award-winning artist made the announcement at an impromptu press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago.
The rap star, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, was born in Chicago and attended public school in his hometown. Hemet with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner over the weekend after the governor vetoed a bill that would’ve helped the school district pay its pension bill.
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.
Michelle Obama thanked Chance in a tweet for being a role model.
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.