Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Giving Tuesday, for tea and conversation around generosity in Detroit.
Mint will start with some examples and quotes – and a few good questions.
We believe in the power of generosity and will host this Generosity Tea at the Fisher Bakery, amid our Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit. We will buy cups of tea for the first 12 people who show up and encourage everyone to bring ideas for a more connected and generous city.
“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.
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.
Mint Artists Guild will participate in Giving Tuesday – as a giver and as a charity recipient. We will spend part of the day connecting with generous people at SocraTea in Midtown Detroit.
And we need volunteers to help spread the word, to provide “matching donations” and to invite people to visit us that day. Yes Mint Prints and more will be given away on November 29. If you’d like to join us, contact Mint Artists today: firstname.lastname@example.org or via VolunteerMatch where we post most of our volunteer opportunities and openings.