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Henrietta Lacks’ story becomes important part of Mint’s Hero journey

  Some stories last and last and grow, and Henrietta Lack’s life and contributions to science is one of them. Yet for many years, despite her significance to health researchers, her story was ignored or untold or masked. Lack, a mother who grew up on a Virginia tobacco farm, suffered cervical cancer. She sought treatment at Johns Hopkins Medical Center …

Three tools for a successful summer job hunt

If springtime has you dreaming of a summer job that brings money and joy, it’s time to get serious about your resume and your storytelling skills. Jobs will be available and in some beautiful places exploring National Forests or welcoming guests to  Mackinac Island . Yet they may be more competitive or less plentiful. Tourism and hospitality employment remains the worst affected …

TaNiah McQueen: Mint Alumni combines creative artist and caring nurse

TaNiah McQueen has always been a care-giver since she was a girl. She remembers taking care of family pets and always being interested in medical equipment.   More recently, as a second-year nursing student, her care extended to larger groups; she gave about 50 covid-19 vaccines to individuals at TCF Center in downtown Detroit and on another day, in a …

Heroes earn low wages and high praise – and ours show up in Grand Rapids

The heroes of the covid-19 pandemic wear scrubs and stethoscopes or care for frail seniors. They carry a megaphone, cook eggs and work overnight to refill grocery shelves. And they show up in the paintings Mint Artists summer workers created last year, which formed our first traveling exhibit Heroes; Now & Then. That exhibit will be on display at the …

How Frederick Douglass resonates today

Mint alumni Breonna Collins is an artist, filmmaker, student and creative entrepreneur who launched Gospel Beauty, which sells soap, accessories and other beauty items. She attends Wayne State University, where she is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in animation. She has an active, curious mind and is always coming up with ideas and insights. So we asked her about …

Mint Alumni Ackeem Salmon, artist, art teacher and so much more

Mint Alumni Ackeem Salmon creates mixed media and photographs, art directs, teaches art to Detroit students. He is exploring his roots and his future simultaneously.

Get ahead: Create more art that seems more timely, ahead of time

Last week’s Inauguration celebration of the United States’ first female and first Black Vice President seemed like a remarkable event, and it brought an array of images of Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden to our Instagram feeds. Some digital, drawn or painted images were created weeks earlier in anticipation of their move to the top of American politics and …

Good places to find wisdom and answers during these dark uncertain days

Seeking answers to your questions? We recommend some resources.

More beautiful ways Mint practices ‘Generosity All Around’

Mint continues to grow and give back in Detroit. Here’s a half dozen of the ways from the pandemic year.

More questions to cultivate as the new year approaches

Use these great questions as you reflect on the year leaving and the one launching.