Forget movie stars and pop artists—Chance the Rapper wants to honor educators.
The Grammy-winning artist from Chicago announced this month that he would organize the inaugural Twilight Awards, “highlighting teachers, parents, principals, and students who convey leadership.” The ceremony will be held in Chicago in June 2018 and be hosted by James Corden, the late-night television host known for Carpool Karaoke. Chance also promised special guest performances.
Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, also announced that his nonprofit, SocialWorks Chicago, had raised $2.2 million to give to arts education programs at 20 Chicago public schools. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old donated $1 million to the Chicago district. He has been a strong advocate for protecting funding to the cash-strapped school system.
A version of this article appeared in the September 13, 2017 edition of Education Week as Chance the Rapper to Honor Educators With Annual Awards Show