Apply To Be a Mint Artist

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Learn and Earn Program

This program teaches basic business and career skills – and most artists are invited to show and sell their work at the Palmer Park Art Fair in June. It is open to visual artists ages 13 to 19, with priority given to high school age artists who live or go to school in Detroit. Youth from the suburbs, from Ann Arbor to Flint to Mt. Clemens, are also eligible, provided they have transportation to workshops and events in Detroit.

Artists must have a body of creative work they want to sell and demonstrate initiative and creative competence.  They submit examples of their work online and provide details of their volunteer work, successes and activities.

It’s a competitive program, chosen by a jury of creative in February.  A second cohort may be invited in the fall. Check Mint’s social media for announcements and exact deadlines.

Workshops are held between late January and the end of May – approximately one a month at a variety of creative venues or digitally.  In between, artists receive digital information and e-letters and are expected to make and prepare their art work for sale at the Palmer Park Art Fair.  So they must show initative and responsibility.  For more advice on applying to Mint, read this blog post and this one.

Summer Creative Jobs Applicants

For the summer creative jobs, Mint currently accepts applicants mainly through Grow Detroit’s Young Talents. Young Detroit residents ages 14 to 24 are eligible and must apply by the end of April. (Sometimes we are able to add people in May so be in touch if you missed the deadline.) Youth must be 15 to 21 by June 15 to join Mint's summer program.

After applying, please contact Mint director Vickie Elmer and share one piece of your work and why you want to work for us.  We will share dates of open interviews, which usually are held in April.  Bring along a list of references and samples of your creative work.

Youth who are selected to work for Mint in the summer must attend pre-employment training through GDYT. This takes place in May and June before the early July start of the summer job.  Young artists work 120 hours over six to eight weeks with Mint Artists Guild.

For more on our summer jobs program, please see these blog posts.

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