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Rapper gives Chicago schools a second “Chance”

BY JUAN RODRIGUEZ

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Chance The Rapper about to gift $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation during a news conference at the Westcott Elementary School Monday, March 6, 2017, in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of AP Images)

Chicago born, Chance the Rapper recently donated one million dollars to support art programs in public schools. He intends for this donation to help after school programs as well as give the students a better school experience. According to the NY Times, Chance said, “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.”

Chance decided to fund these schools himself after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gave him what many are calling a very shallow interview on the topic of funding these art programs. According to Business Outsider, the lack of funding towards these student’s education has been pushed aside and ignored. Leading to 4oo thousand students having to face an early end of the school year. Chance ended his speech saying, “Governor Rauner, do your job.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama brought attention to Chance’s donation by tweeting, “Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.”

On March 31, Chance gave a live press conference via Facebook live and Periscope. He announced, the new Chance Arts and Literature Fund to raise money for arts programs in Chicago public schools.  Chance stated “the Chicago Bulls matched that one million dollar donation.”

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