Free art, coloring, community and more at our Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit

Our new Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit stretches over two years, and has more creative and fun elements than ever before.

We want this to be Detroit’s hub for generosity and creativity – and it will be, especially if you join us.

Our seventh annual exhibit of paintings donated to local nonprofits takes place at the Michigan State University – Detroit Center Nov. 1 through Jan. 21, 2023. And this year, we have more paintings than ever before for you, our guests, will help decide which nonprofits will receive them. We already have hung an appetizer painting on the second floor, near the MSU Community Music School. The rest of the paintings will be hung this Friday.

This beautiful Paint Detroit with Generosity painting by Mint summer worker Jessica Fligger is being used in the promotion of our biggest annual exhibit.

“We are thrilled to offer Detroiters more ways than ever to be generous as they see our Generosity paintings,” said Vickie Elmer, Mint’s executive director and the creator of the Paint Detroit with Generosity initiative.

It kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. You will meet a few of the Mint Creative Summer Jobs artists who created the paintings, see their self portraits and enjoy community and refreshments.

If you’re on Facebook, please sign up for our Facebook event and updates here – and please invite friends and co-workers to join you at the opening.

Here’s some of the the other community / generosity activities planned during the course of the Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit:

Coloring with Generosity Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 29, which is Giving Tuesday, to color together, share your thoughts on generosity in Detroit and more. Mint will give away a few coloring books and more, and we hope some of you will give to us too.

Adults and children and all are invited to our Coloring with Generosity day on Nov. 29. (Photo: Sarah Cremerling for Mint Artists Guild)

Browse and buy Mint holiday gifts – Our silent auction will feature Mint prints, original art, and a couple of gift sets to purchase as for yourself or someone else. It will run Nov. 29 to Dec. 12 at the Detroit Center, and some items will have buy-it-now options.

Generosity poems – We are working on a session of poetry that focuses on generosity and giving, and will share more information about this soon.

Free Art Friday – These gifts of art for all may happen spontaneously and some will be previewed. Watch our social media for a few Free Art Friday Detroit art hunts and giveaways in and near the MSU – Detroit Center. These will take place intermittently on Fridays while the Generosity exhibit is up. Mint is seeking a corporate sponsor for our Free Art Fridays in 2023. Please contact us if you are interested.

Generosity / Philanthropy Breakfast. Nonprofit and foundation leaders and others will be invited to join us for breakfast in mid-January. This celebration of Mint’s generosity and the interconnectedness of our nonprofit community will give nonprofits the chance to request a Generosity painting in 2023.

These are far more activities than in previous years, in part because we believe that generosity and community are more essential in these times – and partly because the MSU – Detroit Center is such a generous, caring partner.

This year, we really want to hear from our guests on meaningful nonprofits they think deserve an original painting donated by Mint Artists Guild. Look for the ‘Nominate a nonprofit’ clear box in the exhibit and suggest one when you visit.

Mint is grateful to Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the Buck Dinner, Integrity Shows, PNC Bank and many individual donors for the support of our 18 youth artists and five interns this year.

Stay in touch with all the activities in our Mint events calendar or by following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The MSU – Detroit Center is located In Midtown Detroit at 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit. It is open Monday through Saturday, with Saturday very full of youth musicians at the Community Music School. Check the Center’s website for holiday and other closings. See you there soon.