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Art for all: Make more Mint crafts and coloring pages

Free arts and crafts in Palmer Park, summer 2018. (Photo © Vickie Elmer)

Mint Artists Guild believes in crafts – and we offer them to children in Detroit regularly.

Seven times this summer, we hosted a free arts and crafts activities for families and individuals in Palmer Park, with support from the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and individual donors. We set up right outside the Mint Studios and children showed up in swimming suits from the Splash Park or after a family outing.

We will offer it at Eastern Market three times – Dec. 1, 8 and 22 – and with the People for Palmer Park at future events. We showed up at Youth Design Day and welcome other opportunities to get creative in the community.

Often these events include coloring pages created by Mint Artists.  One of our newest beauties is called “Rabbit feast” and it was created by Mint Summer worker Jessica:

We create these to engage children in art and creativity and to show off ours.  We know that creativity and art inspires altruism, creative problem solving – and youth to stay in school.

You can help us create more free art opportunities. Here’s three ways:

  1. Invite us to your event. We will bring coloring pages and /or crafts, for children or adults. Cost starts at $37 an hour, three hour minimum, to bring  in two emerging artists.  Please be in touch at least two weeks before the event or conference.

2. Download a coloring page You may use our Rabbit feast coloring page or else our Ladybug Coloring page. Please print seven copies or fewer for free, our gift to you. If you need more than that, please donate $25 or more to Mint first!

3. Underwrite a new coloring page by Mint Artists. This support gives youth work – and gives your company visibility. Imagine your company name at creative events and arts and crafts throughout 2020. This sponsorship starts at $375 for an independent business with one location. Please contact us if you are interested. (We have other business sponsorship opportunities too.)

We love getting creative with our emerging artists and children as young as 2, and hope you will come along as we give more coloring and craft opportunities throughout Detroit next year!

If you want to talk to us about any of these, please stop by and see us on Friday at the TechTown Detroit pop up from 11-3. Or drop us a line and we will schedule a conversation. We will even bring along a coloring page and crayons!

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An abstract greeting card, supporting summer jobs

Mint Artists is adding a new greeting card to its collection – its fourth card based on teen art.

This high quality abstract card is based on a painting created by Mint summer worker Tulani Rose Pryor. Tulani was one of four young workers to be employed by Mint in 2016.

Greeting card sales support our youth development and creative careers programs. The cards will be available at all Mint events, starting with the Palmer Park Art Fair May 6 and 7. They also will be available in our online store.

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Tree! First holiday card

Mint Artists is thrilled to debut its first holiday card – and its third greeting card based on our emerging artists creative work. The image was created by Mint Artists board member Espacia Fotiu, who was  19 when she created the image and was part of Mint’s learn and earn programs for two years. (She’s now a Mint alumni who does a dozen more more art fairs a year, using skills she learned through Mint.)

Cards are available at all Mint pop ups for $5 each or five for $20. The cards were Mint’s first real fundraiser – so buying them allows us to pay for printing, outreach, pizza and more.  They now are available at the Detroit Artists Market, Germack Cafe in Eastern Market and WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor. Or contact Mint – mintartistsguild@gmail.com –  if you’d like to buy some or share some in your life or business.