The Chicago Fundred Initiative: A Bill for IL

Mel Chin & Smart Museum of Art

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Participate in Mel Chin's Chicago Fundred Initiative: A Bill for IL by completing your own fundred dollar bill and mailing it to the Smart Museum of Art as part of the Toward Common Cause exhibition. The fundreds are collected, banded, and shipped to Washington D.C. where they join thousands of other bills in a safe to raised awareness about the invisible environmental and health threat posed by lead contamination in soil, water, and housing. 
For the duration of the exhibit every Buddy order will include a template and instructions, or for the cost of a stamp you will receive a template in the mail. You can also download for free and print your own here:

Chicago Fundred Initiative: A Bill for IL is part of the Smart Museum of Art’s exhibition Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 (July-December 2021).

Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Chin also insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.