Summer job with an art teacher

Ms. Jackie created more art – and better art from our youth – this summer, as she coached Mint’s Creative Summer Jobs team.

The importance of drawing and multiple works at once: Shirley Woodson’s advice

Artist Shirley Woodson shares her career and lessons, and the importance of drawing to artists.

Sounds sweet, looks beautiful: Mint at the DSO

Mint Artists Guild has reached another milestone:  A piece of our art now belongs in a major arts institution’s collection. Success sounds sweet after we donated a Paint Detroit with Generosity painting to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The painting, created last year in the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program by worker Charles, will hang in the DSO’s new education wing. …

Summer jobs for creative youth

Summer job interviews are coming up with Mint Artists Guild!

Mint Artists presented this painting by Nur Shah to the engineers at the GM Tech Center who invited us to STEAM Day. So fun to give this just as the North American International Auto Show was gearing up in downtown Detroit. And we talked about new creative projects that we want to develop with General Motors.  Yes, our dreams are as big as a fleet of trucks!

Mint Artists is excited to share the paintings that will then be given to the City Year, Coalition on Temporary Shelter, Junior Achievement, Ruth Ellis Center and more. The exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 8 at The Carr Center downtown, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Join us in celebrating generosity and creativity.

Four Mint Artists will be part of this artisan and maker event on Sunday at Shed 5 in Eastern Market. They are Damon FirstBorn Chamblis, Espacia Fotiu, Omari Norman and Maisha Rahman, with paintings, photos, multi media and jewelry. Come by and buy!

Our deadline for raising money for Mint’s startup and summer jobs program is just around the corner. We’ve already hired one young person to work for us – and hope to hire two more. So give today, whether it’s $10 or $100 or $1,000. The first paintings created this summer go to an array of Detroit nonprofit organizations.

When I feel like I have nothing, I can give my son the gift of creativity, the gift of imagination, the gift of spending a happy hour painting cardboard on the porch.

Alison Stine, writing in The Nation about why art matters, even when you’re poor. She buys art supplies even when this freelance writer cannot afford much else.

If you want to see the creative future of Detroit, and support creative artists ages 13 to 19, come to the Palmer Park Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday.

Mint will have two tents this year – 15 artists, up from 11 last year. And one of our 2015 alumni, Ackeem Salmon, is in his first solo art fair in a tent nearby. 

The photo above of Eleanor Olson painting was taken by Mint photographer Omari June Norman. Below is jewelry by Trinity Brown and artist Maisha Rahman at last year’s Palmer Park fair. 

They create jewelry, crocheted penguins, photographs, paintings, multi media and more. Their work will be great graduation gifts, birthday presents or gifts for teachers, fathers or yourself. Details are found on the Palmer Park ART Fair website. Delectable art is found in the two Mint tents half way up to the Palmer Park Log Cabin.