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Emerging photographer grant: Win $5K

This photograph by Mint Artists alumni Omari Norman tells a story of a prom couple. It may say something about their lives – or about life in Detroit.

A grant for emerging photographers seeks those who “communicate their interpretation of the conditions affecting their lives.”  Luminous Endowment will award $5,000 to a photographer ages 18 to 30 through the A.J. Zelina Emerging Young Photographer Grant  Deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

Luminous Endowment offers other grants for photographers – providing opportunities to travel to Armena and other new countries, and one that preserves memories and stories.

Mint will share other grant opportunities for emerging artists next month.

Photo © Omari Norman 2016,

Blog post © Vickie Elmer 2017

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Quotable: Ali Lapenita

I realized that the camera gave me more purpose in my life than advertising did.

Ali Lapenita, a photographer who is documenting women and families from Bangladesh who live in Hamtramck and Detroit. She spoke at Creative Mornings Detroit and leads the Women of Banglatown project.
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Mint alumni Ackeem Salmon is on the path to success. He already has had corporate commissions and will have an exhibit at The Charles H. Wright gallery in August. This weekend, Ackeem will be back at the Palmer Park ART Fair – right next to Mint in his own tent!

Visit Mint’s 15 artists on Saturday or Sunday –  then stop in on our first alumni to join us in a beautiful Detroit park.