Part One: Artist Mel Chin. What do art and lead pollution have in common? Mel Chin. He's the Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art. His "Fundred Dollar Bill Project" hopes to turn art - in the form of "fundreds" - pieces of art that resemble $100 bills created by schoolchildren and community members - into real money from Congress to help correct $300 million worth of lead pollution in New Orleans, one of the most lead-polluted cities in the U.S. Kids in schools all over the country are lending their creativity to create three million of these faux bills that will be delivered to Congress in an armored truck. Mel Chin's art and works are described as "conceptual." From McColl Center: "his work is largely motivated by political, cultural and social circumstances… and investigates how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility."
- More information about Mel Chin's Fundred Dollar Bill Project
- Mel Chin will speak at UNC Charlotte's McKnight Hall Thursday Nov. 29 at 12:30. Details about his lecture 'For A Few Dollars More' here.
Part Two: Walking Across America with George Throop
We talk with George Throop. He's on been on a "pilgrimage of inspiration" since 2009, walking across the country from Washington state to Washington D.C. to raise cancer awareness and promote a healthy lifestyle. He walks about 20k a day, encourages people to walk 20 minutes a day. He dedicates his journey to his mother who died at the age of 33 (when he was 9) from cancer. He's in Charlotte right now, headed for D.C.
- Read more about George's pilgrimage 'Walking Across America.'