Mint Artists: Paint Detroit with Generosity
Organized by: Mint Artists Guild
A season of giving and gratitude
November 16, 2017
Mint Artists Guild works with high school age artists on business and professional skills, on developing career ideas and becoming "engaged, generous citizens." An all-volunteer team teaches and coaches and creates opportunities to sell "fresh art from Detroit teens."
Already our artists show greater confidence and business savvy; some are in gallery shows and others buying tents for more art fairs.
“ Mint is very important for Detroit and Detroiters to support because it will produce a lot of successful artists among the younger generation,“ said Ackeem Salmon, teen artist in Mint, 2015.
With a little magic and a lot of volunteer support, we hired four young people in summer of 2016 and created paintings and art pieces that were donated to 19 local nonprofit organizations.
With your support, we want to grow - and hire five young people in Detroit and donate 21 or more paintings. We even dream of creating a mosaic to be placed in Palmer Park - though that requires extra support.
We are following the Artists for Humanity model, and are also seeking corporate and nonprofit clients who will hire Mint for creative products and services this summer.
Goal: Demonstrate generosity and connectivity between local nonprofit orgs as we launch creative careers and grow our startup nonprofit - yes we are a nonprofit organization.
Who: Mint's board of directors / co-founders include an awesome local artist Hubert Massey and Mark Loeb, the man behind the Palmer Park Art Fair and other creative events. Also an attorney named Erika Davis, whose son was part of our program in 2015, financial whiz and dancer instructor Cornell Batie; triple entrepreneur and former teacher Pamela Hilliard Owens; writer and entrepreneur Vickie Elmer and a talented emerging artist named Espacia Marie.
What: A summer full of creative work, generosity and collaboration with other nonprofit organizations and neighborhood groups.
When: Paintings will be created mainly in July and August, and are expected to be finished and delivered by Dec. 15. We hope to find a venue to exhibit them again.
How: Generous people will give to this campaign in any amount. Anyone who gives $50 or more will receive a Mint 'starry starry night card' painted by Maisha Rahman or another Mint card.
Why: Because Mint believes in creating projects that "benefit our clients, our communities and our world" and wants to launch with a collaborative generous approach. Because Mint wants generosity baked into its DNA from the start. Because generosity is beautiful! Because creative teens need good summer jobs.
If you want to know more about Mint, we welcome questions and ideas. If you want your nonprofit organization to receive a Mint painting, we will take your recommendations - or you or one of your supporters could donate $975 to Mint and we will donate to a local charity of your choice. (You'll get a small appreciation gift too. We told you we're into generosity.)