Marfa Dialogues


Mel Chin

27 February 2010

Join us on Saturday for the Fundred City-Wide Pickup Celebration from 4 – 7 pm!

The event will begin at the Marfa National Bank at 4:00 pm for our official welcome to Mel Chin and his Fundred Guards. At 4:45, a Funded parade with all members of the community will leave the bank for Ballroom Marfa. Finally, at 5:30 Mel Chin and others will speak about the Fundred Dollar Bill Project and hold the drawing for our Haiti benefit raffle. The Fundred celebration will continue until 7 pm in the Ballroom Marfa courtyard. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend!

Ballroom Marfa and our community partner Marfa Studio of the Arts’ SITES program (Studio in the Elementary School) are proud to participate in this project initiated by artist Mel Chin. The goal is connecting and collecting voices from around the country to raise awareness and support a solution to lead-related health and quality-of-life issues still challenging post-disaster New Orleans. Marfa’s goal is the creation and collection of at least 1000 bills!

If you aren’t able to attend a Fundred Event in person, you can download a Fundred template, complete your artwork, and mail it to Ballroom Marfa, P.O. Box 1661 Marfa, TX 79843.

Other Fundred Dollar Bill creation nights in Marfa:

3 December 2009 at Marfa Public Radio
27 January 2010 at Padre’s Marfa
17 February 2010 with The Blackwell School Alliance
27 February 2010 City-Wide Pickup Event with Mel Chin at Ballroom Marfa

To learn more about the Fundred Dollar Bill Project and Operation Paydirt, visit


    Mel Chin describes the origins and motivations behind the nationwide art project Paydirt and its sister initiative, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, in a keynote address to the 2008 National Art Education Association Convention, and visits multiple sites in New Orleans adversely affected by both Hurricane Katrina and lead contamination in the soil.

    Video courtesy of Art21. VIDEO | Producer: Larissa Nikola-Lisa & Kelly Shindler. Camera: Larissa Nikola-Lisa. Sound: Wesley Swinnen. Editor: Lizzie Donahue & Larissa Nikola-Lisa.

    Ballroom Marfa would like to thank and recognize all the community partners that have donated time and energy to make the Fundred Dollar Bill Project in Marfa a great success: Marfa Studio of Arts’ SITES (Studio in the Elementary School), Padre’s Marfa, The Blackwell School Alliance, and Marfa Independent School District.

    Special thanks to Mel Chin, AdrinAdrina, Lorna Leedy, Sam Schonzeit, Ellie Meyer, David Beebe, Diana Wagner, Tom Michael, and Joe Cabezuela for assisting with the Fundred Dollar Bill Project in Marfa.