Chance The Rapper Is Joining The DuSable Museum Board

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 6, 2017 5:12PM

Grammy nominee, White House performer, industry disrupter, Kit Kat spokes-bear. Soon you can add “museum board member” to the list of not-actually-unlikely resume bulletins for Chance the Rapper.

The man born Chancellor Bennett will be joining the board of the DuSable Museum of African American History, according to a handful of news reports. Crain’s, which broke the news, also reports that Dr. Eric Whitaker, along time friend of President Obama, will also join the board; and Chance’s own father, Ken Bennett, a longtime Chicago political operator and onetime deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will also serve on the board, according the Sun-Times.

The shakeup will likely see between six and nine current trustees turn over, according to various reports.

DuSable President and CEO Perri Irmer was not immediately available for comment on Friday morning, but the overhaul definitely sounds like a move to re-up the profile of the decades-old institution, located at 740 E. 56th Pl., ahead of the arrival of the to-be-nearby Obama Presidential Library, which will be located in Jackson Park.

Chance becomes presumably the only local museum trustee whose rankings of Kanye West albums qualify as national news.