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.
Trinity Brown learned wire wrapping herself while on a break from dancing, following tips on a YouTube video.She had had surgery on her back for scoliosis. She started doing shows at 13 and soon joined Mint, the youngest artist to start in our Learn and Earn program.
She is a senior at University High School Academy in Southfield, where she’s on the varsity tennis team, captain of the UHSA Dance Co. and the Student Congress. She worked as a Wolverine Pathways intern for Mint over the summer. And she also has served on Mint Artists Guild’s board of directors for two years.
She sets a goal for how much she intends to sell at each show.And in 2019, she applied for and participated in the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
“Mint has taught me everything I need to turn my art into a career…. Mint means everything to me and my art,” said Trinity.
She established the Curved Emerging Artists Show in 2018, with support and coaching by Mint and two of its cofounders. It has grown to almost 50 artists in 2019.
She is known for wire wrapping during board meetings, Mint events and anywhere. And she’s the artist who wants to create and sell more jewelry – and help other artists sell more of their work too.
Fun fact:She hardly ever wears her own jewelry, because when she does, people buy it from her fingers or neck.That’s especially true for her best selling copper pendants.
Future plans: Attend a leading business school focused on entrepreneurship and art.
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 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.
Journey Shamily has a big, silly, sweet smile on her face.Despite setbacks in her life, she smiles and giggles a lot, maintaining a sense of optimism and professionalism.
Her digital art shows her sense of “body positivity,” no matter the size, shape or shade of the women she creates.She wants every woman to feel empowered about their bodies and every girl to see someone who looks like her, “beautiful and unique.”
Shamily, 18, was chosen as Mint’s first marketing intern in November, selected for her experience in graphic design and her attitude and enthusiasm. In that role, she creates videos, social media posts, fundraising materials and will help establish Mint’s social media policy guide. And she is learning new skills, guided by her mentor, Mint board member and marketing lead Kelly O’Neill and others on Team Mint.
“It’s helping me take my career to the next step and be more professional,” Journey said.
Her favorite early assignment was serving as the Mint photographer and videographer at our Paint Detroit with Generosity opening at the Fisher Building. (Watch for a new post soon sharing one of the videos and a couple of photos from that wonderful opening. The show is up at the Fisher Building through Dec. 30.)
Journey Shamily, 18, attends WayMichigan, an online school and will graduate from high school next year. She has bounced around, living on her own, briefly in a homeless shelterwith her mom, and now with her grandma, who has been very supportive of her creative projects.
After graduating, she intends totake a gap year to save money and add toher experience as a freelance designer and digital illustrator.
In 2020, Journey is planning a community service project, bringing Mint Artists Guild into Detroit area homeless shelters to work with children on creative art and gifts for their moms.
She has been part of Mint’s Learn & Earn program since September 2018. She has learned to connect with others and network around her art among other things.
Mint is “very inclusive, very friendly and safe,” for all artists, she says.She helps make it friendly, with her big smile and the “hello, hello, hello” greeting for all.
Fun fact:She loves Ted Talks – and sold her work with Mint Artists Guild at TedXDetroit 2019.
Future plans: Attend a university in New York or elsewhere to study graphic design or illustration.
When he stopped by for a quick hello and a question at the start of TedXDetroit, videographer Tim Brown promised he would return.
And he did, and he interviewed Mint co-founder Vickie Elmer and Mint Artists’ Journey Shamily, asking about upcoming events.
Then at our invitation, he showed up at our Paint Detroit with Generosity opening at the Fisher Building. He interviewed us some more, taking in the 25 paintings to be donated to local nonprofits. The result: A feature story on CBS Detroit’s Eye on Detroit.
The story aired this morning during local breaks of the CBS This Morning, co-hosted by Gayle King. It features Mint summer worker Jessica Fligger who said, “I wanted to do something that would put me out of my comfort zone,” in her original painting for the Mercy Education Project.
It also shared perspectives by Mint board member Kelly O’Neill and others on Mint’s impact on youth and on Detroit. Please watch and share our Eye on Detroit story today. Then please visit the Paint Detroit with Generosity show on display at the Fisher Building, in the Fisher Bakery, through Dec. 30.
Or if you want Mint to grow and hire more youth in Detroit next year who will paint for more local nonprofits, please donate today.
Children flock to Mint’s free arts and crafts, led by Mint Summer Workers. (Photo: Vickie Elmer)
Mint Artists Guild sees the future and it is our children.
Mint just announced that its 2020 Paint Detroit with Generosityinitiative will give paintings to nonprofits that serve children and youth, and families in need in Detroit. For the fifth year of this program, Mint will focus all our generosity on youth, instead of donating to a wider variety of nonprofits.
“Children create joy by living in the moment; yet they face real hardships in Detroit. They deserve our love and support,” said Vickie Elmer, Mint co-founder and executive director.
Mint chose children as the theme for the fifth Paint Detroit with Generositybecause most of our work focuses on youth and children, from the free arts and crafts to the youth-created art on our greeting cards to the entrepreneurial training for high school age artists. And we know children and youth today face many challenges and deserve inspiration and support.
Almost one in six children in the United States live in poverty, according to 2018 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. That means 7.5 million families living in poverty, with one-fourth of them led by a mother or grandmother or other female relative. The numbers are far higher in Detroit.
Yet all is not bleak. Community groups, individuals, foundations and nonprofits are developing after school programs, summer jobs, sports and other services to lift up Detroit’s children. Youth themselves create opportunities to learn and grow.
Nonprofits serving children and youth in or near Detroit may request to be considered for Mint’s 2020 Paint Detroit with Generosity initiative. Please contact Mint by Feb. 15, 2020 and include details on the number of youth served each year (and where they live). Nonprofits will be asked to sign a standard memorandum of understanding, or MOU, and share some details about their programs.
Mint welcomes individuals and businesses to support Detroit youth and this initiative, so we may hire more youth in 2020 and donate more paintings. So please give today.
Mint has a competitive streak and this time, we really want to win!
We are one of five nonprofit finalists in the Nonprofits in Action: 2020 Design Showcase, created by Co.act Detroit and Design Core Detroit. We already see ourselves featured in the Co.act window along Woodward Avenue next year.
Winning could be easy, with a little help from our friends. Yes, that’s you! All it will take is one minute of your time, or if you’re feeling generous three minutes on three different days. Vote for us in this competition by scrolling to the very end of this voting tally and check Mint Artists Guild.
That’s it. Just vote – any day and every day through Nov. 13.
Then look for representations of our work and of our creative, entrepreneurial and generous youth to show up at Woodward and West Grand Boulevard in 2020.
Photos: window by Alberto Lucas Perez on Up ; Mark Loeb for Mint Artists Guild
Our second art-full gala moves to Palmer Woods, where a judge who is an artist and an attorney who is a serious collector will host our party with a purpose on Oct. 19. This beautiful event features fine wine and food, fabulous music by jazz guitarist A. Spencer Barefield and violinist Jannina North, lots of art – and some surprises. Our silent auction gives guests the opportunity to take home art by professional artists and our emerging artists.
Mint Masterpieces supports Mint Artists Guild’s growth, and creates more opportunities for youth in Detroit. A limited number of tickets are available now; buy yours today: http://bit.ly/mintgala
Mint Artists Guild has long believed in the “start small, dream big” approach to creating an organization. We see power in moving forward, with our emerging artists as our colleagues and our inspiration.
Jess, the founder of The Creative Armory blog, captured that in an interview with our co-founder and executive director Vickie Elmer. It came out just in time for the Funky Ferndale Art Fair this weekend and as we have an array of events queued up through the fall.
Elmer talked about the impact training young artists in entrepreneurship and community and community service.
“If we start them on the path now and stress community service, generosity, and mutual support, we are going to create a powerful ecosystem of artists and creative entrepreneurs that are going to spread beauty and success around Detroit and the world. I’m going to bask in the reflected glory of all that they do,” Elmer told The Creative Armory.
Mint is basking in the glory of our story being told by a creative entrepreneur who hustles and cares. Read the entire piece here and if you feel your creativity or energy stir, please share it with your creative community.