Art21-featured artist Mel Chin (Season 1) originated the Fundred Dollar Bill Project to draw attention to and develop solutions for environmentally responsible rebuilding of New Orleans from below the ground up. The artworks – individually created Fundred Dollar Bills made by students – will be collected by an armored truck and delivered to Washington D.C., where an even exchange of the value of their art currency for actual funds will be requested.
This video was shot at George Jackson Academy in New York City, an independent middle school serving “bright boys from lower-income families” and which is participating in the project. Art teacher Gary Campbell worked with fourth- through eighth-graders to create Fundred Dollar Bills. This school is one of the collection centers for all bills created in New York State. Its students are featured discussing their involvement and thoughts on the current situation in New Orleans.
Mel Chin will unveil more details on the project and examples of Fundred Dollar Bills themselves at next week’s National Art Education Association convention in New Orleans.