Chance The Rapper Launches Fund For Arts Programs In Chicago Public Schools

Along with the announcement of a sizeable donation from the Chicago Bulls.

Chance the Rapper is continuing his campaign to improve and support Chicago Public Schools with the creation of a new fund specifically for arts education in the school district, he announced at a press conference Friday. Called the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, the program will bring arts programs and materials to schools who have experienced budget cuts, a lack of resources, or a decrease in five-year graduation rates.  

"As an artist and after-school teacher, I know the arts are essential. They teach students valuable lessons," he said at the press conference. 

A graduate of Chicago Public Schools, the 23-year-old rapper has pledged to raise $215 million for the school system, including an initial $1 million of his own money. According to the Chicago Tribune, the campaign has raised more than $2.2 million with a $1 million investment from the Chicago Bulls basketball team announced at the same press conference Friday. 



"We all know that Illinois' education system is one of the most underfunded in the nation, which has forced Chicago Public Schools to make drastic cuts to the classroom," Chance said during the press conference. "As a parent and a proud CPS graduate, I'm committed to helping Chicago's children have quality learning experiences and quality in the learning space."

The New Chance fund will be implemented in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. 

See more about Chance the Rapper's previous charitable efforts below:

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