The answer to this is: It depends on the circumstances and the art. Sometimes it belongs to the young people who created it at home or at school (on their own time). Other times it belongs to Mint, either created in our summer creative jobs program or donated as the “price of admission.”
We take ownership seriously. We are careful to spell this out before every assignment, whether it’s live painting, a mural, a summer job or something else. It depends also on who paid for the art supplies and artist time and talents. For our summer creative career program, Mint owns the work and the copyright and grants the youth the chance to show their work in a portfolio or public exhibit. At the art fairs, most of the work belongs to the young ‘learn and earn’ artists – until someone buys it from them.