Meet Toni Topp, our creative marketing intern

She’s creative and business-like and more.

Meet the rest of the 2021 winners and celebrate Imagination and Unity

They believe in the power of imagination – and in Detroit’s beauty and unity. Their art and poetry celebrates all that – and gives us something to think about. This year’s winners of the Metro Detroit Youth Arts Competition are just as diverse as the 2020 winners. But many were drawn to the new theme “Just my imagination … running …

Creative sister and brother are Metro Detroit Youth Arts Competition 2021 winners

Arise and Temple Rock are siblings and encourage each other’s creativity. They both won Mint’s Metro Detroit Youth Arts Competition in 2021.

Join us in August – a very art-filled month

Join Mint at two very artsy events in August, including a garden party fundraiser hosted by artist / arts patron Ellen Stone, whose painting is shown.

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, …

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 …

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.

Silence: Spoken word artist Ife Martin’s winning poem

We asked young poets to share their words, their passion and their perspective around the prompt of Detroit’s motto: “We hope for better things. It shall rise from the ashes.” Ife Martin wrote passionately about Detroit and she performed her piece on Livernois during the debut of the Mint Showcase. She is one of our 2020 Metro Detroit Youth Arts …

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.