Chance The Rapper’s career is simply magnificent. The rapper has truly not let any labels stop him, from having the first streaming-exclusive album to chart on Billboard, to giving Chicago a music festival of a lifetime with the Magnificent Coloring Day at U.S Cellular Field. Other than Chance surprising festival goers with a very touching performance with Kanye West and a lineup like no other, the festival also raised $2,000 for SocialWorks.
SocialWorks is a nonprofit founded by Chancelor “Chance The Rapper”, Justin Cunningham, Essence Smith, and Kenneth Bennet (Chance’s Father). The organization aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, professionalism, and connectivity within the youth throughout Chicago.
The organization has been in the works since early 2015 when it introduced OpenMike an organization for young creators that helps build the next cultural community. OpenMike has hosted over 16 events creating a safe space for over 350 high school students to engage with some of their favorite artists, explore, dig deep, learn, and network with peers who have similar interests.
The next OpenMike will be held next week:
What else has SocialWorks done for their community?
- SocialWorks partned up with the Chicago Park District in the summer of 2015 to reintroduce Chicago locals to their city, showing them a variety of public spaces.
- SocialWorks is a part of Covenant Faith Church of God’s Kids of the Kingdom, a 6-week program that gives 50 elementary school students the opportunity to learn through music.
- SocialWorks partnered up with The Empowerment Plant to create The Warmest Winter, an initiative that fundraised $117,517 for 1,175 coats that were distributed to the homeless of Chicago.
The organization is just getting started and intends to continue to cultivate new and interactive experiences and lessons for the youth and local talent of Chicago to use as a tool to flourish.