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Publicly Created ‘Art Money’ Exhibit Confronting Childhood Lead Poisoning to Open at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

‘Fundred Reserve’ Features Artwork from Children and Families Nationwide
February 16, 2017
EVENT: 
The George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will launch the “Fundred Reserve,” an exhibition of the “Fundred Dollar Bill Project” that is working to support elimination of childhood lead poisoning nationwide. The project celebrates the public contribution against the persistence of lead and the physical and societal ills it fosters. The exhibit is organized in association with the inaugural William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engaged Practices.
 
The “Fundred Dollar Bill Project” began as a reaction to unaddressed lead poisoning of children in New Orleans that existed even before Hurricane Katrina. The project expanded to other major U.S. cities facing the same crisis and now encompasses a creative campaign to enhance public education and engagement nationwide. The “Fundred Reserve” at the Corcoran will feature more than 450,000 hand-drawn representations of $100 dollar bills, also known as “fundreds.” Fundreds are a donation, the currency of imagination, the money of hope and a tangible representation of how valuable life is and how lead poisoning can easily destroy it. The drawings, which have been collected from across the country, will be accompanied by other elements from the project, including the two-ton, bank-vault door of the “Safehouse,” the former project headquarters in New Orleans. Visitors are encouraged to participate, and their contributions will be prominently displayed and represented on the gallery walls.
 
The “Fundred Reserve” will also feature work from Corcoran students—including photo-mapping and documentation of lead in the District of Columbia and the historic record of the “Fundred Project” from its beginning in New Orleans to its current national profile.
 
WHEN: 
Exhibition Open to the Public: Thursday, Feb. 23 – March 11
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Toast: Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Public Reception: Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
500 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Farragut West Metro (Orange, Blue and Silver lines)
 
ADMISSION AND PUBLIC INFORMATION:
Exhibition hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday by appointment
 
For more information visit: https://corcoran.gwu.edu/exhibitions-events or call 202.994.1700
 
-GW-