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Organization Name
Mel Chin Studio

The Contemporary Art Museum
5216 Montrose
Houston, TX 77006 

Organization Description
Once FUNDRED reaches its goal of 3 million artworks, a specially retrofitted armored truck, running on straight vegetable oil, will be deployed across the nation to pick up the 7,000 lbs. of FUNDRED DOLLAR drawings. FUNDRED guards driving the armored truck will deliver the art currency to Washington D.C., where we will request from Congress an “even exchange” of 300,000,000 FUNDRED DOLLARS for $300,000,000 in funds and services to support the implementation of OPERATION PAYDIRT’S solution to lead-related health and quality-of-life issues still challenging post-disaster New Orleans.
The initial phase of FUNDRED is a simple and fun classroom project. Each student is given one blank FUNDRED DOLLAR BILL to create their own unique artwork that they then have the option to donate to the project. Through the simple gesture of creating FUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS, people nationwide can take part in this giant performance supporting the rebuilding of New Orleans from below the ground up.
The objective is to reach the goal mid-year 2009 so please explore to find more information about the project and learn how you can get involved!

Internship Dates:
10-15 hrs/ week during Summer 2009, Fall 2009, and/ or Spring 2010

Description of Internship
Directed by Mel Chin Studio, OPERATION PAYDIRT is an art, science, and education collaboration supporting a city-wide plan to help end childhood lead poisoning in New Orleans. The project involves both a science driven urban planning effort in New Orleans and a nation- wide collective artwork, THE FUNDRED DOLLAR BILL PROJECT, made millions of drawings. Mel Chin Studio is interviewing for FUNDRED interns to participate in community development campaigns across the country. This internship is designed for you to work within your own community/ region as a representative of this national project. Good candidates for this internship opportunity include college students, recent graduates, and/ or other community members with an interest in the following

This is an unpaid internship with potential for transitioning to paid positions. Academic credit can be arranged with an intern’s college or university.

Learning Objectives:

Specific Duties Include:
Interns will work closely with Mel Chin’s FUNDRED National Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator supporting project outreach by catalyzing and maintaining communications with regional participants. As community development is often a team effort, we will accept applications by two or more persons interested in approaching a specific region collaboratively.

Application Process:

Email your resume (no more than one page) and a statement (no more than one page) about why this internship would be an excellent opportunity for you to Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions please email them to

Contact Name and Number
Suzy Hobbs,
FUNDRED Key Operative
Mel Chin Studios

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