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 …

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 …

More questions to cultivate as the new year approaches

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

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 …

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 …

From justice to automakers to essential workers, Youth Arts Competition winners are diverse and creative

Mint has chosen eleven winners in our first Metro Detroit Youth Arts Competition. They are a diverse group, from kindergarden to college and from black and white photo to beautiful paintings.

Why we are orchestrating a virtual art fair

How change brings opportunity to learn and pivot to the Mint Virtual Art Fair.

Power and beauty and impact of a summer job

Picture a summer job and you may imagine something quaint and outdoorsy:  a life guard, camp counselor, caddy or park attendant. Or perhaps you recall your first summer job scooping Italian ice, mowing lawns or fixing fast food.   Yet for many teens, paid work is more likely to be imaginary than real, despite many benefits these jobs bring.  Only about …