Then show up, with your resume, references and at least three work samples, for an interview with Mint. Your interview will take 20-30 minutes and you may bring a parent or relative, though that person will not be part of the interview.
This is the last of our three April interview dates. All hiring will be finished by May 15.
We just closed out a year of firsts – our first exhibit held at the Fisher Building, our first time selling anything at the Detroit Institute of Arts and our first summer where we employed 10 artists and creatives.
We hit double digits and many of Detroit’s best venues in one year.
We hope you like our success by the numbers for 2019, and that you will pitch in some dollars to grow our successes this year.
Here’s a look at 2019 by the numbers:
2 Wolverine Promise interns who worked with us, Catherine and Trinity. It was our first time participating, as we prepared to launch a Mint marketing internship program.
weeks of free arts and crafts in Palmer Park. That seven weeks is more than double the previous year, thanks to support from individuals and others. We aim to offer nine weeks this year, with your support.
10emerging artists from Detroit who were part of our Creative Summer Jobs program, up from six in 2018
12 Mint greeting cards that are on sale at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum Store through mid March, as part of the Detroit Collects show. They debuted at the member-only shopping night in November.
71 Yes, more than six dozen volunteers helped Mint with projects, events, workshops, Mint Masterpieces and more.
1,023– Number of hours our Summer Creative Workers were paid for creating with and for Mint in July and August.
$11,500– Estimated amount of art, jewelry and artisan gifts sold by Mint’s Learn and Earn artists this year through Mint. They endured rain, a storm, cold temperatures and made great friendships and connections through these pop ups and art fairs.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Blossoms full service florists, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, Integrity Shows, People for Palmer Park, the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, and many individual donors and small businesses who make these accomplishments possible. We ask that you will support us too so these success numbers will be bigger and more beautiful by the end of 2020.
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!
Give to Mint Artists’ spring campaign today so we may hire more youth.
Mint Artists spring fundraiser underwrites a lot of good – good opportunities for Detroit youth, good summer jobs, good art that is donated to local nonprofits, good fun in our free Art in the Park arts and crafts in Palmer Park – and more.
The fundraiser supports all our programs, and in particular the Creative Summer Jobs program. In three years, we have created and donated close to 75 original paintings through our Paint Detroit with Generosity initiative, which is funded through this campaign.
This week. we start interviewing candidates for those jobs in our fourth summer. And Mint has a list of almost 60 young people who want to work for us. So the demand for jobs is there. We expect to hire about 10 or 11 emerging artists, up from six in 2018, provided this fundraiser is successful.
That’s why we need your gift now – so we can offer jobs to creative young people such as Mint alumni Damon FirstBorn, who worked for us for two years, and others who sharpen their skills through our summer program.
Give online today, and if you wish to receive a gift for your donation, please select the option under Choose a Perk with a pink select button. Or if you prefer to send a check, please mail it to Mint Artists, PO Box 21667, Detroit, MI 48221.
Our next post will share some details of the nonprofits that receive our Paint Detroit with Generosity paintings. Like our young artists, they appreciate our goodness – and your generosity in supporting Mint Artists Guild.