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Summer jobs for creative youth

Mint wants to hire at least 10 and perhaps 12 young artists for our Creative Summer Jobs program. So we open up our job interviews to any artist from Detroit, ages 15 to 21, who is registered with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city jobs program funded by foundations and businesses.
Come talk to us on April 17 or April 27, or wait until May 3 for an interview.
Please bring along contact information for two references – people who know you well, such as teachers, volunteer leaders, former managers, those who attend the same house of worship as you.
Practice interviewing with a friend, and watch for our blog post on interviewing tips coming soon.

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Join Mint’s Learn & Earn – deadline this week

If you want to share your art with the world – and sell it to art collectors and lovers – it’s time to join Mint Artists Guild.
Emerging artists ages 14 to 20 who are not in college full time are invited to apply to the Mint Learn & Earn program. Deadline to apply is midnight Thursday, Sept. 27.
Apply online by submitting some of the best samples of your creative work and tell us about yourself.
Artists who are selected will be notified by Oct. 5 and may join Mint at some of our holiday pop ups and events.

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Apply for summer creative jobs in Detroit

Mint’s summer jobs team in 2016.


Mint Artists Guild hopes to hire more young artists to paint and create original work this summer. If we raise a few thousand dollars to support the summer creative jobs program, the young people – ages 16 to 20 – will be hired through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city’s summer jobs program. Young people must live in the city of Detroit.

Deadline to apply is March 31 – and after applying, please let us know you’re interested in Mint!  (Drop a note to and tell us why you’re interested and what kind of art you make.)

Shown here are the 2016 summer jobs crew: Jaiona Head, Tulani Pryor, Johanan Larsosa and Alexis Bagley.

They created 19 paintings that Mint donated to local nonprofits through our Paint Detroit with Generosity campaign, including one that Alexis Bagley painted that’s in Mack Alive! permanent collection.


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7 ways to go toward your goals

Aim high and see your goals. (Photo: Yukie Emiko / Unsplash)

Setting goals – or resolutions or intentions – give you a road map to where you want to go. Getting there, though, requires many more steps, and fuel and even a second driver.

At Mint’s Creative Goals workshop in December, a lot of smart strategies and steps were shared. Here are seven of our favorite:

+ Choose an accountability partner. This person must “get you” and also get after you if you’re not making progress, said Pamela Hilliard Owens, a Mint board member who owns three companies including one on marketing and branding for creatives.

+ Create a goals journal.  “Write it down,” said Trinity Brown, a 14-year-old jewelry maker and entrepreneur. She uses her journal for goals and also creative inspiration including song lyrics. One of her next goals: learn to solder.

+Set deadlines.  Projects without deadlines have a way of getting lost in our creative minds and busy lives, several people said. So establish a deadline when you establish a goal – and then work backward to create interim deadlines or “mile markers” to show you’re heading toward a goal, said Vickie Elmer, Mint’s president and a writer and editor.

+ Save money.  If you are serious about a career as an artist or musician or creative enterprise, you may need to work a day job for a while – and put aside funds to pursue your passion, said Marvalisa Coley, an artist who paints and makes dolls – and works in the airline industry.

+ Keep track of your small tasks.  “Keep things moving” with a to do list and sometimes finishing one of them will put you in a “creative groove,” said Coley.

+ Use the pomorodo technique. Get a timer and set it for 25 minutes. Then set aside everything else – social media, phone, magazines – and work on a project. Almost anyone can concentrate and work well for 25 minutes, said Hilliard Owens. After a five minute break,  start another pomorodo. Complete four of them, she said, and then reward yourself with a longer break – and a look at social media or email.

+ See and highlight your future.  Create a vision board or draw something that depicts your goal, or yourself after you’ve achieved a few goals. Use visualization, said Coley – and if your work will be sold at Target or Sotheby’s include those logos in the vision board.

Artists and creatives need to set and achieve goals – including some on how many sales at an event or how much money will be in your bank account by the end of the quarter.  Mint Artists believes that goals are crucial so we will share other insights and advice on goals in February.

© Vickie Elmer, 2017

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At Mint Artists Guild workshops, we teach creatives entrepreneurial skills – with artists and business people sharing expertise. And we empower our teen artists so in 2016, we added a “teens teaching teens” segment. Here, Damon Thomas AKA First Born shares some lessons he learned at the art fairs with Mint. 

Apply to Mint’s Learn & Earn program for 2017 by Jan. 23 and those who are selected may be invited to show and sell their work at the Palmer Park ART Fair in May. Apply online today!

 (Photo © Vickie Elmer)

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Apply for the 2017 Mint Learn & Earn team – and you could be accepted and learn a lot. And earn quite a bit too from the sale of your creative work at the Palmer Park Art Fair in May. Young artists ages 13 to 18 are invited to apply now by submitting three digital images and sharing some details. Early deadline is Dec. 29 and final deadline to apply is Jan. 23. Early applicants may be eligible for a pop up and other extras.

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If I don’t have a deadline, I’m an artist and my artist brain is all over the place.

Detroit artist Marvalisa Coley, creator of the Happy Heads doll and brand, on why she writes down goals with deadlines – and a calendar nearby.