Creative sites to help land your next creative job

Want to land a wonderful, creative job or freelance gig this year? Check out these sites that focus on creative work.

Be a better mentor as you help advance or launch careers

Follow our advice to become a better mentor.

Mint guide: Steps to prepare for a commission

Mint’s new guide helps emerging artists prepare for a commission.

Plein air painting tips and tricks

Artists creating art in the park with youth

Painting outdoors – or en plein air painting – started 200 years ago with groups of French and English artists. Artist John Constable’s paintings View on the Stour (1819) and The Hay Wain (1821) were created outdoors and won gold medals at the prestigious Salon in Paris. Impressionists Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro captured light and modern life by painting al …

Six ways to plan for artists’ care during an art fair

Mint Artists Guild is going to the art fairs again this year – starting with Palmer Park Art Fair this weekend. We will set up at the Belle Isle Art Fair in early August, the Funky Ferndale Art Fair in September and some pop up art events in between. We spend a lot of timing getting ready for these fairs, …

Mint’s big wish list for 2021

UPDATED SEPT. 15 Mint is planning for a big, beautiful year, and we hired 20 youth over the summer, and offered  working with us and So our wish list for this year is big and beautiful too. It includes art supplies used up for the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program, craft supplies for our arts and crafts and and some …

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 …

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.