Lollapalooza organizers recently announced a new program, specifically targeted at nourishing the artistic minds of Chicago’s youth. The Lollapalooza arts Education Fund is “a $2.2 million investment to support arts education for more than 100,000 students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS),” according to an official press release.
Just in case you didn’t know, Lollapalooza itself is a touring music festival established in 1991 by Perry Farell. It has been able to break boundaries and form an innovative name for itself with the support of Chicago communities since 2005 and it seems now they’re giving back to those communities in a way that’s very important.
This fund will reach low-income Chicago communities where 105,000 CPS students don’t have access to the arts. As said by Mayor Lorii Lightfoot, Lollapalooza, and their partners at Ingenuity Creative Schools Fund, have a goal to “Give them the resources they need to thrive academically and artistically.”
As someone who grew up with a creative mind attending CPS schools, I can personally attest to how needed this fund is. Of course, math and science are important subjects for children to learn to prepare for life, but focusing only on these leaves those children whose life goals include the arts in the dark. It is not something that should only be embraced in places like private schools. Imagination is a huge part of every child’s mind and it should not be dampened in educational spaces but rather supported and embraced.
Now with the help of Lollapalooza and Ingenuity, CPS teachers will have the resources to encourage their students to use their minds to be even more creative and imaginative.
By Kendal Amos, Sophomore, Little Black Pearl