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How Jessica ended up in two Mint videos and a show in the Fisher Building

Jessica Fligger showed up with her family for the Mint Paint Detroit with Generosity opening last month, a rare artist with a rare opportunity – two of them.

She left 90 minutes later with two interviews completed and her paintings shining. This young painter and ceramics artist was thrilled to have her art featured in the Fisher Building – and in the interviews.

The first was with Tim Brown of CBS Detroit, for a piece for Eye on Detroit.

The second was closer to home. Mint marketing intern Journey Shamily, who has sold art with Jessica through the Mint Learn and Earn program, talked to her about her show at the Fisher, which comes down on Jan. 2.

” I just knew that I wanted my interview with her to be fun for the both of us while still giving her a chance to talk about the beautiful art she made for three beautiful nonprofits. I truly did have a blast and with this internship I can mark ‘interview someone’ off my bucket list,” said Journey Shamily.

Guilded by her Mint mentor Kelly O’Neill, Journey also edited the video of Jessica Fligger, which is presented here and on our YouTube channel. 

Jessica was paid to create original paintings and art through Mint’s Creative Summer Jobs program.  (Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see some of the paintings created or stop by the Fisher Bakery by the afternoon of Jan. 2 to see them all in person.)

Jessica is one of the rare artists who was accepted into both of our training and development programs. Both she and Journey learn creative and business skills through Mint – including how to answer questions from guests or in front of the camera.

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Jessica is interviewed by Tim Brown for CBS Detroit’s Eye on Detroit. (Photo Journey Shamily for Mint Artists Guild)
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Creativity, serendipity and Live in the D

Mint Artists Guild’s Vickie Elmer and Alexis Bagley are interviewed by WDIV’s Kim DeGuilio.

Mint Artists Guild is featured on WDIV’s Uniquely Detroit, and on Live in the D, thanks to a visit by journalist Alex Atwell.

Atwell, who is known as Camera Guy Al, strolled into the Mint tent at the Palmer Park Art Fair, and he spotted a story: Mint.

So he asked us for interviews, and of course, we agreed.  It wasn’t clear at first who he worked for, or how the interviews would play out. He looked a little scruffy, yet he was low key and easy-going so away we went.

It turns out Atwell is also an Emmy-award winning journalist who has worked in Tampa, Flint and Cadillac before moving to Detroit. He has produced stories on sled dogs, hurricanes, the Final Four and a lot more.

The result of his visit to the Mint tent is this Uniquely Detroit story, which opened the door to a Live in the D interview on WDIV Channel 4, which aired July 16.

We teach entrepreneurial skills and Mint lives and grows with an entrepreneurial mindset, which seizes opportunities.  Yet we also grow through individual donations, which allow us to develop youth and creative youth jobs in Detroit. Nine jobs this summer, plus plans for a paid marketing internship launching in the fall.

So if you appreciate our story and our efforts to develop entrepreneurial and generous artists, please make a donation today.

Or buy a ticket to our Oct. 19 gala Mint Masterpieces and really help us grow and seize even more opportunities for Alexis, Lia, Michael and others in the year ahead.

We are grateful to Alex Atwell, to WDIV, and to all the individuals who donate to Mint, or volunteer with us!  Join us as we grow; make a gift today.