New volunteer orientation

Children really enjoy Mint’s free arts and crafts in Palmer Park in the summer. (Photo: Vickie Elmer)

Mint Artists Guild seeks volunteers to assist us with many tasks, from free arts and crafts activities to leading a business of art workshop to fundraising and more.

Our big need over the next three months are creative types who could commit to assist with free arts and crafts in Palmer Park, working with our talented teen artists.

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Why artist Judy Bowman believes in Mint

Artists Charlene Uresy and Judy Bowman at the first Mint Masterpieces.  Judy Bowman will be involved again this year. (Photo © Barbara Barefield)

Judy Bowman’s success as an artist started after she retired from her career as an educator. Yet if Mint Artists Guild had been around when she were a teen, she wonders whether she might have pursued creating and selling art more earlier in her life.

A new video, created by Mint marketing lead and board member Kelly O’Neill, shares Judy’s story – and her appreciation for Mint.

The award winning collage, mixed media and more artist, also shared some advice she would give her 18-year-old self.

“If you keep plugging at it, you’ll get there. … Keep doing it because you’re going to be a success. You’ve got the drive. You’ve got the energy.”

Judy has supported Mint Artists Guild with her time and experiences, her art and more. She serves on the honorary committee for Mint Masterpieces, our party with a purpose on Oct. 19.  Buy your tickets now and enjoy art, music and fine food in a major art collector’s eclectic home. Or please follow Judy’s lead and donate to Mint today!

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The beauty of volunteers, or how Mint got a first class website for free

Creating a website is easier with talented volunteers. (Photo: MorgueFile )

It started with a call for a volunteer to work on a WordPress website in Detroit. The posting on VolunteerMatch drew lots of interested individuals – close to 20 of them from almost that many states.
We quickly narrowed the list to a half dozen and then through interviews, chose one amazing woman Michelle, who became our first web developer. She lived in St. Louis, and offered expertise in marketing, WordPress and storytelling.

For a small start-up, we quickly discovered how many pages we could add to tell about our work, our impact, our art. Michelle worked diligently, quickly, smartly, and Vickie, who was preparing for a busy summer, could not keep up.

Next came Jess M., a Detroit who runs a graphic and web design firm called Black Velvet Media. She is finishing the work and helping us fill in and refine the site.  We will continue this over the next few months, and are adding new pages in that time.

“Creating art is a form of self-expression and a great outlet when one is going through tough times,” Jess said. “When I learned that Mint Artist Guild offered programming to develop the creative skills of local Detroit youth, I knew right then that I wanted to support the organization. That’s why I decided to volunteer. The experience youth gain from coming together to make and sell their own art is invaluable.”

Jess also runs a blog called The Creative Armory that inspires creatives to pursue their work and experience music and creativity in and around Detroit.  Her dedication to creative types inspires us.

If you want to be part of Mint’s story, we welcome new volunteers to join us at either our Volunteer Orientation on May 16 or indicate your interest in a volunteer role on VolunteerMatch.   

Until then, we will celebrate our website volunteers Jess and Michelle with much gratitude.

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We are so grateful to the volunteers who help us in myriad ways and places. Here a group from Kohl’s store delivered snacks to artists then staffed our crafts table. They were crafty themselves – and very kind. Mint posts its volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch – and we’re looking for people to help out during the Palmer Park Art Fair on May 5, 6 and 7th.

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Beautiful spaces for meeting places

Mint Artists Guild’s board of directors meets in the most creative and beautiful spaces. In October, we gathered at Art in Motion, a creative shop on Livernois in Detroit.

We almost always have something tasty to eat – donated by board members, or other volunteers. The Mint board is comprised of artists and creatives, entrepreneurs and one emerging artist who has been active in Mint. Current board members include artist Hubert Massey, vice president; attorney Erika Davis, secretary; Walker Miller CFO Cornell Batie, treasurer, and Espacia Marie Fotiu, young artist.

We hope to add two new board members in coming months, one from business and one from the arts. Of course, we’re creatives so draw us a picture of someone else who belongs and we’re sure to be enthusiastic.

The board meets on average every other month and board members are actively engaged in Mint’s growth. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Vickie Elmer, Mint board president and executive director.  Email: mintartistsguild@gmail.com

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We depend on volunteers to make Mint grow.

Join us this evening to learn more about volunteering with Mint Artists Guild. 

Or if you want to help out with fundraising, marketing or during the Belle Isle Art Fair this weekend or the Art of Resilience on Aug. 13, please contact Vickie at mintartistsguild@gmail.com or fill out this online volunteer info sheet.

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We depend on volunteers to make Mint grow.

Join us this evening to learn more about volunteering with Mint Artists Guild. 

Or if you want to help out with fundraising, marketing or during the Belle Isle Art Fair this weekend or the Art of Resilience on Aug. 13, please contact Vickie at mintartistsguild@gmail.com or fill out this online volunteer info sheet.