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Find a village…. Find somebody who will tell you the truth about your work.

Dominique Morisseau, a playwright and actress who grew up in Detroit, graduated from Cass Tech, moved to New York and wrote Detroit ‘67. She gave advice to writers and playwrights at a forum at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
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Mint Artists Guild is honored to partner with several nonprofit organizations on our current “beautiful win, win, win fundraiser.” Among them are Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Programs and Coalition on Temporary Shelter, or COTS, which helps families facing homelessness in Detroit.  If we meet or approach our campaign goal, we will donate at least 25 paintings to 25 local charities – including these two beauties!

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Mint Artists Guild takes creative teens to creative spaces in Detroit. This month we were fortunate to hold a workshop at Galerie Camille, which adjoins the studio of artist Adnan Charrarra. And artist Paula Schubatis spoke about promotion – with her beautiful fiber pieces as a backdrop. Thank you, Galerie Camille and thanks to Jonathan Mark Jackson for this creative venue.

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The works must be conceived with fire in the soul, but executed with clinical coolness.

Joan Miro, a Spanish painter and sculptor whose father was a watchmaker.
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Congratulations Espacia Fotiu on your beautiful work at the 48 Hours exhibit in Junction Hall in Southwest Detroit. Espacia is on the Mint board of directors and in her second year of our business learn and earn program. Her successes were shared in our April e-letter and we’d love for you to sign up for our monthly missive. 

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Yvette Rock, an artist and owner of Live Coal Gallery, supports Mint Artists Guild and is on our advisory board. Now it’s your turn; please give to our ‘beautiful win, win, win fundraiser’ so we can Paint Detroit with Generosity. Please give today:

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Mint Artists Guild is running a “beautiful win, win, win fundraiser” on Crowdrise. We expect to see many winners if we are successful in this crowd funding campaign including:

+ three teens, who will be hired for summer jobs and launch their creative careers.

+ Our charity partners, the 25 nonprofit organizations that will receive free original paintings made by those teens.

+ at least two neighborhood murals that will be finished with the help of Mint Artists.

+ Brightmoor Maker Space, which will be paid to build easels for Mint.

+ Mint Artists Guild, which will bake generosity into its DNA and pay for some start up costs and its 501© 3 filing.

+ Our donors, who watch ripples of generosity spread across Detroit and know they helped start them.

+ The people who visit the clinic, the homeless shelters, the charity offices where our paintings will hang.

We call the campaign Paint Detroit with Generosity and also the ‘beautiful win, win, win fundraiser’ since there are so many winners if we raise these funds.

Donations are welcome  and new nonprofit and business partners are welcome as well. If you want your charity to receive a painting and are located in Detroit or serve a Detroit audience, please contact Vickie Elmer, a Mint co-founder!

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Even when you do not feel big hearted, you can give yourself permission to act that way.

Lama Willa Miller, founder and spiritual director of Natural Dharma Fellowship.  If you need a boost toward this, consider giving anonymously or publicly to a lovely cause – like Mint’s “beautiful win, win, win” fundraiser.
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Generosity and connectivity and community good and growth.

Our charity partners were revealed this week on our ‘win, win, win fundraising’ page. They all work to improve Detroit or to help Detroit area youth to better futures.

We share more on three of them here: 

 City Year Detroit  sends its trained corp members into Detroit middle and high schools as mentors, coaches, tutors and in other roles that encourage youth to stick with classes and graduate. They help students and schools succeed.

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, led by my friend Margaret Trimer-Hartley, teaches budgeting and finance and entrepreneurial skills in schools and in its Finance Park in downtown Detroit. Visit on Saturday at a Friends and Family Day (registration required).

And the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers.  Every month at The Charles Wright museum, real people share stories from their life – some surprising, many powerful and often laced with lessons.  The monthly event is developed and hosted by the awesome Satori Shakoor, a writer and comedian who invites in jazz musicians, dancers and other performers before and between the storytelling. On Friday, the stories focused on ‘justice’ and the laughter was plentiful, and on May 20, stories of mother will be shared. 

We love all our charity partners – and cannot wait to paint them some “fresh art from Detroit teens.” Please support each of them and please support Mint Artists Guild too. A donation of $10 or $20 helps and $200 will allow us to hire one teen for one week this summer.