The concert is free but not open to the public and the Obama Foundation is handing out more than 1,500 tickets to “our neighbors and community members who have been engaged in the Foundation’s work – including local community organizations, churches, and schools. The Foundation is distributing an additional approximate 700 tickets to Chicagoans who applied to the Summit through Obama.org or have participated in the Foundation’s digital call and response on Obama.org.”
Chance the Rapper has an established history with former President Obama. His father, Ken Williams-Bennett, was Obama’s state director when the president was a senator in Illinois. In a statement to Variety, Chance said, “It’s such an honor to help creative direct this show. That’s because I am blessed to be part of a generation with an inherent sense of self. One that is inspired not just to talk about what needs to be changed — but get up and change it…I want to help make sure every young man and woman in this city has those opportunities, too. I want to help inspire and empower young people to change their world, just like the Obama Foundation.”
The summit, which will take place on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, will gather 500 civic leaders from around the world “for a hands-on exchange of ideas to inspire and empower participants with tools to create positive change in their communities,” according to the foundation.
Read Chance’s full statement to Variety below.
I want you to hear this news straight from me, because it’s something I’m deeply honored to be involved with:
The Obama Foundation will close out its Summit with a concert on November 1. I’m helping put it together, and I’ve asked some friends to join me.
I want you to be a part of it — but I don’t want you to just watch. I want you to get inspired, I want you to get out in your own community, and I want you to go change something.
It’s such an honor to help creative direct this show.
That’s because I am blessed to be part of a generation with an inherent sense of self. One that is inspired not just to talk about what needs to be changed — but get up and change it.
Growing up in Chicago, I was lucky enough to be able to just do my own thing. To explore my creativity, to be curious, to experiment and make music.
I owe that to my parents — who showed me love and community. I owe that to my church, where I built some of my longest friendships and learned I like music. I owe that to the Harold Washington Public Library’s YOUmedia space, which gave kids a place to come after school and be creative — you didn’t have to have good grades, and you didn’t have to have an in. I could go on.
I want to help make sure every young man and woman in this city has those opportunities, too. I want to help inspire and empower young people to change their world, just like the Obama Foundation.
That’s what this Summit is all about — bringing together change makers from around the world to celebrate what we’ve done so far, and recommit to taking on the greatest challenges of our time. And we’ve got a lot of work to do together.
So, let’s do this.
We’re putting together a great show for you. Be a part of it.
See you out there —