Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fundred Points of View

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By now, many of you are quite familiar with Mel Chin’s nationwide Fundred project to help highlight the issue of lead contaminated soil in New Orleans. Students and professional artists all across the country are designing “Fundred” hundred dollar bills that will be collected in an artistic collaboration involving thousands of people.

This week, as part of the New York State Art Teachers Association annual conference, I will be presenting the attached lesson plan to give educators another way of sharing the Fundred project with their students. There are options for a one-day lesson or a series of four lessons that lead to making the bills and understanding how the project is truly a collaborative effort dependent on many voices being heard. Please check it out and share your thoughts, ideas, or experience with the Fundred project itself: fundredpointsof-view.doc

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Joe Fusaro is the senior education advisor for Art21, and has written Art21’s “Teaching with Contemporary Art” column since 2008. He is an exhibiting artist and visual arts chair for the Nyack Public Schools in New York; and an adjunct instructor for New York University’s Graduate Program in Art and Arts Professions.

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