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. In 2017, we hired five young people and 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. Our goal is to continue to grow, even in a down economy.
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. Other paintings show up in Mint exhibits and activities, including our first traveling exhibit Heroes: Now and Then, which was featured at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in spring 20201.
We are finished recruiting talented young artists and designers to work with us in the summer of 2021. There's three main steps to being considered for a job with Mint:
- Apply and register with GDYT and be sure to upload all the documentation and information required.
- Contact Mint and prepare for a job interview with these tips. Then interview with us online in April and May Provide work samples and a list of at least two references including teachers.
- If you are offered a job, attend pre-employment training through GDYT and prepare to work with us for at least 110 hours in July and August. This year, because of covid-19, most or all of that creative work will take place in your home or back yard for everyone's safety.
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 gladly answer questions and share more information via email, or through social media.
If you are able to donate to our spring fundraiser and support youth jobs, community art and more in this win-win-win program, we invite you to give. Or donate any time here.