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. Learn more in this Q&A we prepared.
In 2016, Mint hired four young people through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city’s summer youth employment program. By 2019, we reached 10 young artists, including two from the University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways internship. In 2020, we hired our “Lucky 13” artists and by 2023, we hired 22 Detroit artists. Our goal is to continue to grow, slowly and sustainably.
We are recruiting talented young artists, a marketer and a filmmaker / videographer, to work with us in the summer 2024. So please contact us by April 17 – sooner is better – to be considered. There’s the main steps to being considered for a job with Mint:
- Apply and register with GDYT and upload all the documentation and information required. Here are instructions for GDYT online applications.
- Contact Mint and ask to be interviewed. Youth must email us and share one piece of their work, or we will not be aware of them.
- Prepare for a job interview with these tips and also these seven tips. Then interview with us in April or early May. Provide more work samples and a list of at least two references including teachers or volunteer leaders.
- If you are offered a job, complete all GDYT and Mint documentation. Plan your summer so you’re available to work with us for for all of July and at least two weeks in August.
- And you must attend attend our pre-employment orientation in late June. We do this as a hybrid orientation.
The Mint Summer Jobs program is based in Palmer Park, Detroit, and youth and their parents or guardians must arrange transportation at least two days a week, or take a bus to get there. Generally the in-person days are scheduled for Mondays and a second, with new artists expected to show up on a third day of the week as well.
Artists should have strong interest in creating work, and proficiency in painting is valuable but not required. Drawing skills or digital art making skills are valuable. We seek youth who are creative, hard-working, responsible, dedicated to the craft and eager to learn. We gladly answer questions and share more information via email, or through social media.