Memphis is a Collection Site for the Nationwide Fundred Dollar Bill Project
Publication Date: 3/11/2010
An armored truck will be in Memphis on March 15 to pick up fundreds made by Springdale Elementary students and members of the Rhodes College community.
What are fundreds? They are hand-drawn, artistic interpretations of $100 bills designed by artists, parents, teachers, scientists and school children across the country.
The goal of the armored truck (see schedule) is to pick up $300 million worth of the “creative capital” to take to Congress this fall in exchange for real capital. Funding would support the implementation of “Operation Paydirt” to find solutions for neutralizing lead-contaminated soil that compromises the health of children.
The Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project has been organized by internationally recognized artist Mel Chin and is being touted as an “extraordinary nationwide art/science project.”
The March 15th pickup of fundreds will take place 1:30 p.m. in the front drive of Springdale Elementary located at 880 North Hollywood Street.
This is the official kick off for all of Memphis with the hope that more schools at the K-12 level will contribute to the project. Fundreds also will be collected through the spring and summer.
Rhodes’ Dr. Russell Wigginton, Vice President for College Relations, and Dr. David McCarthy, Professor of Art, are the project’s local coordinators. For more information, contact Dr. Wigginton at (901) 843-3997 or Dr. McCarthy at (901) 843-3663.