Chance The Rapper aka The People’s Champ held his SocialWorks summit at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago on Friday afternoon. It was during the event where he announced that $2.2 million dollars has been raised over the past six months by his New Chance Fund to benefit arts and education for Chicago Public Schools. Over the next three years, 20 total schools will receive $100,000 to help get the city’s future generations involved in various art education programs in hopes of providing them with a promising future.
The Coloring Book rapper also announced a new type of awards show to take place next June titled, the “Twilight Awards.” While traditional, celebrity-filled award shows continue to drop in popularity, Chance’s Twilight Awards will look to honor “teachers, parents, principles, and students that convey leadership.”
Late night karaoke host James Corden is set to host the Twilight Awards, which will take place June 2018, and according to Chance there will also be performances from special guests. The announcement comes just a few weeks after the popular artist also provided Chicago’s youth with 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies at the city’s Bud Billiken Bash.
Chance can be seen talking about the future awards show in the video above shortly after the 17:30 minute mark.
The popular rapper is also set to perform two nights at New York’s premiere outdoor concert venue in Forest Hills Stadium at the end of the month on Sept. 26 and 27. Tickets to the two shows are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.
20 schools to receive New Chance Fund money include:
Ambrose Plamondon Elementary
Mireles Elementary Academy
C.E. Hughes Elementary
Edmond Burke Elementary
Edward White Career Academy
Corliss High School
Greenleaf Whittier Elementary
Mahalia Jackson Elementary
Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School
Ninos Heroes Elementary
Orr Academy High School
Robert A. Black Magnet Elementary
Spry Community Links High School
W.K. New Sullivan Elementary