THE BIG IDEA
Hire young creative, pay them and teach them to be productive, engaged workers.
Modeled partly after Boston-based Artists for Humanity, the summer jobs are intended to provide paid work experience, new creative skills – and an understanding of how to be a focused, productive employee and artist. Some may gain experience working directly with Mint clients; others learn a bit about how art fairs work.
In 2016, Mint hired four young people through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city’s summer youth employment program, who painted, created coloring pages and a short video, helped with a Little Free Library and spent a day working at the Belle Isle Art Fair. In 2017, we hope to hire five young people and be hired by a second corporate client to provide creative services.
Many of the paintings created by our summer workers are donated to an array of local charities through Mint’s Paint Detroit with Generosity campaign.
We have hired all our artists / apprentices / workers for summer 2019 - about 11 youth from Detroit. Visit them and see work in progress at our Summer Open House on July 25!