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Summer job with an art teacher

Mint art teacher / coach Jacquie Lane works with worker Alexis Bagley on mosaics. (Photo: Vickie Elmer)

Mint Artists Guild’s Creative Summer Jobs program teaches career skills, and particularly focus and productivity and managing several projects. Mint also teaches young Detroit artists to improve their paintings, and create mosaics and more.

For the art skills building, we turned to Jacqueline Edwards Lane, an art teacher extraordinaire who worked for Mint. She spent hours coaching our youth on the finer points of mixing acrylic paints, creating more realistic eyes, finishing mosaics and much more.

“Ms. Jackie,” as she was called this summer, spent most of her career teaching art to youth in Detroit. Her summer with Mint workers infused her with new energy to create more new work, drawn from the youthful energy and creativity of the Mint workers.

“They already bring a lot with their skills and their enthusiasm,” she said. And many of the workers, who range in ages from 14 to 21, started making art at 3, the same as their art coach. Hear more of her story and how it entwines with Mint’s in this new video.

Watch for details on the Paint Detroit with Generosity exhibit, to be held later this fall at the Fisher Building, where the fruit’s of Mint’s summer work and Ms. Jackie’s coaching will be available for all to see.

And if you wish to see Mint hire more youth – and donate more paintings to local nonprofits – in 2020, please become a monthly donor and support our nonprofit’s growth.

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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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Quotable: Victoria Roby, on success

Your level of success is not going to exceed your level of personal development.

Victoria Roby, owner of The Natural Market in Detroit, at a New Economy Initiative start up storytelling night.
Victoria Roby of Detroit’s Natural Market
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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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Today is the International Day of the Girl, as designated by the United Nations. So we are highlighting some young women who grow and prosper with Mint Artists Guild. They learn business and career skills and they seize opportunities and show increased confidence.  

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Want to Mint Artists Guild this fall and hang out with some creative types in their teens? Attend workshops, be part of pop ups and special art events – where you sell your art. We call this the ‘learn and earn program.’

Most artists who are accepted and are active will be invited to the Palmer Park Art Fair, a fine juried fair in May.  Artists ages 13 to 18 must be available for weekend workshops and have a body of work they want to sell.

Apply by Thursday by uploading images of your art and telling us about you!

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I trust that I can learn what I need to learn to accomplish what I need to accomplish.

Kevin Gardner, a Detroit designer and interior designer, speaking at a Mint Artists Guild workshop.