Invest-MINT, launched in the Fall of 2013, is our underserved youth outreach and cultural enrichment program for inner-city high school students. These young people typically attend Title 1 schools. Students at these schools are typically economically disadvantaged, come from at-risk homes and neighborhoods, and have had limited exposure to the arts.
We provide these students with an arts focused day trip that provides opportunities for arts-based community service, culturally enriching art workshops, and funding to purchase an artwork. The goal of this program is to expose and inspire disadvantaged young people about the many ways in which the visual and/or performing arts can be a part of anyone’s life, via art making, art volunteerism, and even collecting artwork.
Each Invest-MINT trip consists of a full day of art activities for a group of amaximum of 20 students. MINT first coordinates several hours of volunteer work, in an arts based capacity. Examples include assisting with installing exhibits, assisting with group tours, and working to maintain the quality and visibility of the public art on the Atlanta Beltline. MINT then takes the participants on an arts tour of Atlanta, and often facilitates an arts-based workshop, where the students will make their own work (examples include shadowboxes, drawings, and more). Lunch and transportation throughout the day is also provided by MINT. The trip culminates with a stop at a local gallery where we fund the participants to purchase artwork to take home, “earned” through their volunteerism earlier in the day. Artists whose works are purchased by students are reimbursed from MINT, providing additional support to our community of emerging artists.