Holidays of generosity, art – and creative gifts

We believe in generosity and its power and beauty. And in this season of gift giving and donating to good causes, we plan to give and give again creatively – and give occasions for handmade gifts. And we want to be on the receiving end occasionally too.

Our Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit will be on display at the Detroit Historical Museum in tandem with the Hudson’s Holidays exhibit. Recall the joys of visiting the Detroit department store’s toy land and see Mint self portraits. Both Mint and Hudson’s open this Saturday, Nov. 13.

Our 25 original Paint Detroit with Generosity paintings will be gifted to local nonprofits and are supported this year by The Buck Dinner and individual donors.

This lovely Paint Detroit with Generosity painting was created by Mint summer worker Ileana Bell.

Three of the paintings this year are not yet committed to a nonprofit organization. So we invite guests to nominate a nonprofit to be gifted an original piece by Mint. Just stop by the Detroit Historical Museum to nominate or send in your recommendation digitally. Visit the historical museum on Woodward Avenue Thursday through Sunday. ‘Tis the season to be generous!

Holiday pop ups aplenty

Mint again will spend many Sundays at Eastern Market, starting Nov. 21. We will offer youth artists work, Mint prints and cards for sale – and each week a free arts and craft activity for all. Take home a hand painted book mark or some surprise packages and gifts. Stop by Shed 3 on Sundays Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 and pick up something creative for someone you love – or for yourself.

We love Eastern Market because it has as many choices as a mall, but almost all of them are small, indie shops or artisans from around the region. And pick up a tree grown in Michigan or fresh produce while you holiday shop.

Mint will continue our Ann Arbor invasion on the weekend of Dec. 4 and 5 at the Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair at the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds. Buy from almost 100 artists and artisans and create your own gifts too. Make a snow globe with Mint and pick up some beautiful cards or gifts made by Detroit youth.

This is a close up detail of the Beam Me Up card.

If you cannot make it to these special events, stop by at WSG Gallery or the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor or the Detroit Artists Market and the DIA Museum Shop in Detroit to buy Mint cards. Our cards were our original fundraiser – and the new Beam Me Up card is whimsical and perfect to send any time during the winter.

Buy them directly in the Mint Shop online – and support our programs and our ability to hire and pay four creative youth this fall and winter, including our creative marketing intern.

Or if you’re feeling generous or inspired by all that we are creating, please give a yearend gift or become a monthly donor to Mint Artists Guild and give more youth opportunities to learn, earn, create and give back.