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The Fundred Project Opens
January 8 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Fundred Project opens in The Shop, MMoCA’s reimagined interactive contemporary art space, which faces State Street.
About the Project
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, Louisiana. Artist Mel Chin visited after the hurricane and learned about the silent storm of lead poisoning that had been plaguing the city and the rest of the United States for decades. Hundreds of thousands of children are poisoned each year, with symptoms and consequences affecting them over their lifetime. Recognizing the scale of the problem, Mel Chin initiated a nationwide collaboration called the Fundred Project, which is a tangible and creative means to draw awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning, inspire change, and empower children, communities, and leaders across the country.
The Fundred Project has given children and adults the freedom to create alternative currency in the form of Fundred dollar bills. Individuals can create their own hand-drawn interpretation of a $100 bill to illustrate what they value most. Over half a million Fundreds have been drawn by people throughout the United States. Taken together, they are a tangible expression of the power of collective action toward a future free of lead poisoning.
The goal is to gather the Fundreds together, tally their amount, and have the equivalent in actual dollars applied to lead poisoning solutions. After Fundreds are created they will be on view at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA), then sent to the Fundred Reserve – where they will be presented to our nation’s policymakers to motivate them to take action. All Fundreds will be added to the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
Plan your visit. Admission is free always.