“Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style,” said Rebecca Solnit, writer and activist and author of The Mother of All Questionsand many other books.
Mint Artists Guild is striving to make the world a little more generous and kind. We want generosity to shine, beautifully, in Detroit and we want generosity to be part of our DNA.
It’s not always easy to do this, with a tiny budget and staff of one (plus teen artists and various interns). Yet we practice generosity often, with each other and in our community.
Here’s three big generosity moves by Mint:
Arts and crafts for all.Through the summer, children and families flock to our free arts and crafts activities, held outside our studio in Palmer Park. They show up in swimming suits or leave picnics to get creative with our emerging artists. This year, we ran seven of them, and next year with your support, we will stage many more. (Hint: We’d love to develop the funds and buy a van so we could take these arts and crafts to more Detroit parks. Yes, we will use it to visit art spaces around the state too.)
Paint Detroit with Generosity. For each of four years, Mint has donated 20 or more original paintings to a wide variety of local nonprofits from Art Roads to Mosaic Youth Theatre to YMCA of Metro Detroit. These paintings hang in nonprofit offices, homeless shelters, classrooms and more and are our gift to honor the work and missions of local nonprofits.
Community projects. Mint volunteers at community projects several times a year, such as the big build of a playground in Palmer Park or free coloring pages and rafts for children and youth at Eastern Market during our pop ups. Next year, we plan to lead children in homeless shelters in creating cards and gifts for moms and grandmas.
And all our programs to develop business, entrepreneurship and career skills in talented teen artists are offered free of charge or on a modest sliding scale. We cover the application fees for events and we provide snacks to our artists, and sometimes meals too.
If you believe in generosity, we invite you to give to Mint, whether you donate $1 a week all next year or give a $1,000 yearend gift or somewhere in between. We rely on generous individuals for some 55 percent of our budget and we know that individual giving and connections create opportunities for youth, beautiful paintings and so much more.
Or we invite you to host a Mint Tea and invite a half dozen generous friends to learn more about us and support us.
For Giving Tuesday, we are hosting a Generosity Tea at the Fisher Bakery, and we will buy tea for the first 12 people who show up from 2 to 5 pm. Maybe that counts as another generous act by Mint, unless some very kind individual underwrites the tea! Please join us and join the conversation about generosity in Detroit.
Mint Artists Guild believes in crafts – and we offer them to children in Detroit regularly.
Seven times this summer, we hosted a free arts and crafts activities for families and individuals in Palmer Park, with support from the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and individual donors. We set up right outside the Mint Studios and children showed up in swimming suits from the Splash Park or after a family outing.
We will offer it at Eastern Market three times – Dec. 1, 8 and 22 – and with the People for Palmer Park at future events. We showed up at Youth Design Day and welcome other opportunities to get creative in the community.
Often these events include coloring pages created by Mint Artists. One of our newest beauties is called “Rabbit feast” and it was created by Mint Summer worker Jessica:
You can help us create more free art opportunities. Here’s three ways:
Invite us to your event. We will bring coloring pages and /or crafts, for children or adults. Cost starts at $37 an hour, three hour minimum, to bring in two emerging artists. Please be in touch at least two weeks before the event or conference.
3. Underwrite a new coloring page by Mint Artists. This support gives youth work – and gives your company visibility. Imagine your company name at creative events and arts and crafts throughout 2020. This sponsorship starts at $375 for an independent business with one location. Please contact us if you are interested. (We have other business sponsorship opportunities too.)
We love getting creative with our emerging artists and children as young as 2, and hope you will come along as we give more coloring and craft opportunities throughout Detroit next year!
If you want to talk to us about any of these, please stop by and see us on Friday at the TechTown Detroit pop up from 11-3. Or drop us a line and we will schedule a conversation. We will even bring along a coloring page and crayons!
Join us in late July and see all the work in progress from our Creative Summer Jobs program. Savor cool refreshment, and enjoy arts and crafts and some other family-friendly activities. We invite the community and families of our summer workers to join us for a joyful evening in the Mint Studios.
We are expanding our free arts and crafts pop ups to seven weeks in Palmer Park this year, from three times in 2018.
Arts and crafts will be held on Wednesdays, from 4 to 6 pm, outside the Palmer Park Community House, and right next to the popular Splash Park play area. The first one is July 10. See our Facebook events for details; please invite your friends and neighbors too.
Mint is getting ready for a busy summer of art making – and free arts and crafts in Palmer Park.
And as they say it takes a village, so we are asking our village to give us some supplies. These all will be used by our teen artists for creative community art projects.
Here’s our summertime wish list:
Artist sketch pads
Canvases 8 x 10 or 18 x 24, or other sizes
Mosaic materials – high quality hot-fired smaller tiles in blues, purple, white, yellow, green, orange. (We have plenty of reds)
child-friendly, washable markers for arts and crafts
Acrylic paint mediums and gels
Paint brushes, variety of sizes, new or gently used
A glue gun
Rolls of paper towels and tissues, for our studio / summer workers and apprentices
Digital camera, prefer one with video capabilities
A coat rack
Sturdy, heavy duty table (for artists to create on)
Gift cards to Meijer, Kroger, Costco, Blick, BJs – to buy snacks, art supplies, cleaning supplies, miscellany
Gently used socks – for creating sock puppets
Two or three old dictionaries – for community art projects
You may drop any of these off at the Mint tent at the Jazzin at the Vanity on June 29-30. Or arrange a time to deliver this to our studio in Palmer Park by contacting us.
If it’s easier to donate money, please give us some today! And look for details on our Wednesday afternoon free arts and crafts in Palmer Park, starting in July. Open to all!