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Three ways Mint practices generosity in Detroit

 

Children really enjoy Mint’s free arts and crafts in Palmer Park in the summer. (Photo: Vickie Elmer)

 

“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 Questions and 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.

If you need more generosity or inspiration, we offer these 20 generosity quotes, gathered by writer Toni Bernhard for Psychology Today. Now please give generously to help Mint grow and be more generous in 2020.

 

Give generously, whether it’s art supplies, time or money. (Photo: Amaury Salas, Unsplash)

Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit opening

We invite you to the fourth annual Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit opening at the magnificent Fisher Building / Fisher Bakery on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Meet some of the artists in the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program who were paid to create these beautiful pieces and learn more about the wide variety of charities in and near Detroit.

Guests may nominate a nonprofit organization to receive one of the three paintings that were not specifically painted for a charity. The Fisher Bakery will sell baked goods and light meals, and Mint will have greeting cards available for purchase.

Sponsors and partners are welcome to support this initiative. We are grateful to our current sponsors: Blossoms florists, Collected Detroit, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Eric’s I’ve Been Framed Shop and Sherwood Forest Gallery. And we are very thankful to The Platform and The Fisher Building.

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Sounds sweet, looks beautiful: Mint at the DSO

Mint Artists Guild has reached another milestone:  A piece of our art now belongs in a major arts institution’s collection.

Success sounds sweet after we donated a Paint Detroit with Generosity painting to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The painting, created last year in the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program by worker Charles, will hang in the DSO’s new education wing.

Mint’s Paint Detroit with Generosity  initiative in 2018 was underwritten by a Michigan Council for the Arts grant, with Culture Source and the National Endowment for the Arts, and supported by Blossoms, a full service florist, and many individual donors.

We give original paintings to more than 25 local nonprofits, from Mercy Education Projects to Ronald McDonald House to the Greening of Detroit. Several others beyond the Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrate music, performance and culture:

  • Crescendo Detroit
  • Heritage Works
  • Mosaic Youth Theatre
  • YMCA Y-Arts.

And the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit hosted our exhibit last year where thousands of people saw the paintings created by Mint workers.

To support this year’s summer jobs program, where these lovely paintings are created, please give to our spring fundraiser today.  Give $250 or more and you may choose a small Mint painting as your reward.

 Paint Detroit with Generosity is worth a standing ovation and a big donation!

Painting © Mint Artists Guild, 2018

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Help us create more good in Detroit

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.

 

© Vickie Elmer for Mint Artists Guild, 2019

 

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Giving Tuesday, join us for tea

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Giving Tuesday is a special day, when Americans who have shopped all weekend take time to donate to a worthy cause.  It’s a warm day, and one that encourages generosity and community.

So Mint Artists will spend the afternoon of Nov. 29 – one week from today – at SocraTea in Midtown Detroit, a place that generously gave us an exhibit earlier this year.  We hope to connect with you from 2-5 p.m. – and may give away a few things as well as accept donations.  (If you cannot join us for a cup o tea, you also are welcome to donate online or mail us a check to PO Box 21667 Detroit, MI 48221.)

Mint Artists builds confidence, business and life skills – and community. Our artists become better problem solvers and more engaged and generous citizens, as several of our artists will show.

Please join us for Giving Tuesday – and keep our creative futures engaged and growing.

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Join us Thursday for our fall opening. And if you know a worthy nonprofit in Detroit or nearby, consider nominating a nonprofit to receive a made-in-Detroit painting from Mint Artists.

The Carr Center is in Paradise Valley, in downtown Detroit, and our exhibit is on the second floor.

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Our deadline for raising money for Mint’s startup and summer jobs program is just around the corner. We’ve already hired one young person to work for us – and hope to hire two more. So give today, whether it’s $10 or $100 or $1,000. The first paintings created this summer go to an array of Detroit nonprofit organizations.

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We want to encourage generosity in Detroit – so we’re practicing it in our fundraiser.

Anyone who gives $20 or more receives a Mint card – ‘starry, starry night.’ We have art pieces too for those who give $100 or $313.

And for those who are really generous, live a lot. Tour The Whitney – or tour Motor City Brewing or Detroit Bikes! We call these our ‘Inside Creative Detroit’ series of appreciation gifts. Seriously beautiful and part of the win, win, win approach to our fundraising efforts. 

Then we will turn around and donate paintings, created by Mint artists, to 25 local nonprofits including Junior Achievement, Mosaic Youth Theatre, the Ruth Ellis House and many others.  Generosity really could grow like mint in Detroit.

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Mint Artists Guild is honored to partner with several nonprofit organizations on our current “beautiful win, win, win fundraiser.” Among them are Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Programs and Coalition on Temporary Shelter, or COTS, which helps families facing homelessness in Detroit.  If we meet or approach our campaign goal, we will donate at least 25 paintings to 25 local charities – including these two beauties!