Chance The Rapper is starting a new awards show for teachers

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper

The 24-year-old artist and activist will be donating a $100,000 grant to arts education programs within 20 of the Chicago Public Schools for the next three years.

Chance the Rapper announces a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools on March 6 at Westcott Elementary School in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. Chance the Rapper opened his presentation by discussing two things that have weighed upon him since his return to Chicago after his latest tour.

But now, he's doing even more: With SocialWorks and his own New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, Chance has now raised $2.2 million for the youth of Chicago, and he's not stopping there.

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Others, like Hughes and Aldridge elementary schools, plan to convert unused classrooms into dance and theater studios. He said he has begun planning for next year and eventually wants to help all Chicago public schools.

"Funding quality education for public [school] students is the most important investment a community can make". Principals have vowed to put these funds towards budgeting and staffing arts programs with guidance from CPS Ingenuity, a local advocacy group, and Chance's nonprofit. "As a parent and proud product of CPS, I'm committed to helping Chicago's children have quality learning experiences that include the arts", Chance said in a statement. "This is obviously just talk; both were small altercations and I could tell immediately upon point of contact that these young people had a chip on their shoulder". The principals from one school said the money will help them expand their arts education.

Dressed in a black turtle neck and faded jeans, Chance joked with the audience, many members of which were students at schools that will benefit from his donations, about wanting to mimic Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' signature look for the announcement.