FUNDRED FACE

Western Carolina student Nate Stephenson stands in front of an armored truck that stopped on campus in April to collect thousands of bills created by members of campus and the surrounding community in support of the Fundred Dollar Bill Project. Organizers of the nationwide effort to address lead-polluted soils in New Orleans plan to deliver bills from around the country to the U.S. Congress this summer, requesting an even exchange of mock currency for funding and in-kind support. Teachers throughout the United States incorporated elements of the project into lesson plans, and schoolchildren and communities, with the help of local organizers, contributed to the cause by creating individual works of art on Fundred templates. “We asked participants to create a valuable commodity with their drawings and the messages written on their bills,” said Marie Cochran, a faculty member in the WCU School of Art and Design and a local Fundred organizer.