Nationally Traveling Fundred Dollar Bill Project Arrives in Torpedo Factory Art Center’s New Project Studio
Through June 30, 2017
Reception with Creator Mel Chin: Thursday, May 25 @ 7 pm
May 17, 2017 – Alexandria, Va. – Traveling across the U.S. for more than a decade, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project will be in residence at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s New Project Studio (Studio 8) through June 30. Fundred will be workshoping new ideas and strategies to help end childhood lead poisoning. Visitors will be invited to learn about the project, share their thoughts, and create their own unique Fundred, a currency of imagination.
Started by artist Mel Chin, the Fundred team has been engaging in national effort to represent the people against lead toxicity in the environment. They’ve gathered more than 450,000 hand-drawn $100 bills from across the country, educating people about the dangers of lead poisoning, particularly in children. The interactive presentation seeks to engage teachers, parents, students, politicians, health and housing agencies, and community members to know that anyone who donates their individual expressions in this collective effort can take steps against the lead poisoning of children.
Since 2006, Fundred has evolved into a national collective project between Mel Chin Studio, MIT Co-Lab, several universities, museums, nonprofits, lead-poisoning prevention organizations and thousands of schools throughout the U.S. The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University hosted the project headquarters in 2016/2017, as engagement campaigns develop in Washington, D.C., and Flint, MI.
The Fundred Reserve is currently on view in the Corcoran Rotunda through Sunday, May 21.
Thursday, May 25 @ 7 pm
Hear Fundred founder Mel Chin talk about how the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina inspired this project and how it has evolved over the last 11 years. Co-producer and artist Maps Glover also performs. The New Project Studio will be open late for guests to make their own Fundred Dollar Bills.
About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. In an effort to sustain the arts in Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory is temporarily part of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League Gallery and School, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria EatsPlace Café and Market. For more information, visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory onTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.