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

Mint is planning for a big, beautiful summer, with 17 to 19 youth working with us and more free arts and crafts offered than any time in our history. So our wish list for this year is big and beautiful too. It includes art supplies for the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program, craft supplies for our arts and crafts and …

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.

More questions to cultivate as the new year approaches

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

Three beautiful questions creatives may ask and answer now

The world is filled with uncertainty and questions. Lots of questions and more questions. Many of them are irrelevant or lead to nothing but fear and dead ends. Some, though, may help you see the path ahead, your future career or your most valuable contribution. Questions power the growth of Google and the brilliance of Albert Einstein and the success …

Sydney G. James’ big, excellent advice for emerging artists

Sydney G. James believes in creating more and bigger work. “If you take a job for 50 cents or $5 million, the work should be identical. That’s your currency,” she told the Mint Artists this summer. Read more advice from this Detroit powerhouse artist.

Freedom! Live life frugally this summer

This summer, start an adventure in frugal living with our advice.