Chance the Rapper has already given $1 million out of his own pocket to Chicago Public Schools and kick-started a new arts advocacy fund for the district, but on Friday he announced another donation of more than $2 million.
"In the summertime when the city's at its most attractive 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.
The $2.2 million dollars raised will reportedly be spread across 20 public schools in the Chicago area, and each school will receive up to $100,000 within a three-year span.
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. Most of the monies will go to fund music programs, digital arts, dance classes and theater training at various local schools. But the "most important" criterion, Chance said, was the amount of "determination and vision" school principals displayed for their arts programming.
Principals were notified of their nominations for the grant last month. The education-focused ceremony will highlight "teachers, parents, principals, and students that convey leadership".
"At a young age, Chance The Rapper has endeared himself to Chicago and the nation through his talent and passionate commitment to his community", explained Sepanta Bagherpour, Vice President of Marketing for Nando's PERi-PERi USA.