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 Generosity initiative 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 already has honored the work of a variety of youth-serving nonprofits through the Paint Detroit with Generosity initiative, including Brilliant Detroit, Crescendo Detroit, Downtown Boxing Gym and Ruth Ellis Center among others. (Please visit our exhibit at the Fisher Bakery, in the Fisher Building through Dec. 30 to see these beautiful images)
Mint chose children as the theme for the fifth Paint Detroit with Generosity because 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.
More than half of U.S. parents worry that their children will be victims of violence, of bullying, of depression or anxiety, according to Pew research. Seven in 10 teens say anxiety and depression is a major issue for youth, and a more serious one than bullying, drug addiction or poverty.
In Detroit, more babies are born prematurely than in any other area. Children go to sub-standard schools and struggle with learning to read. Only 10 percent of third grade students read at their grade level.
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.
We will paint our children’s future, beautifully.
This Paint Detroit with Generosity painting was created in 2019 by Mint worker Alexis Bagley. © Mint Artists Guild, 2019