Heroes: Now and Then | Mint Artists Guild, Youth Exhibition

Artwork by Alexis Badley. Used with permission from the Mint Artists Guild
Artwork by Alexis Badley. Used with permission from the Mint Artists Guild
Mint Artist Guild Participants
Mint Artist Guild Participants

Exhibition & Activities

September 1 - 30, 2021

This special, traveling exhibition is featured in our front window for the month of September.

Learn more about the artists and view the digital catalog HERE.

The Mint Artists Guild has a suggested list of books for children to accompany this exhibition, learn more HERE.

A free, coloring page of a hero can be downloaded HERE.

Mint Artists Guild Traveling Exhibition

Mint Artists Guild works with talented youth artists to launch creative careers, develop essential skills, and give back to the community. This organization is based in Detroit, MI.

This special exhibition has been shown around the state at institutions including the GRAM, the Scarab Club, the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center and Mint hopes to show the Heroes exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in 2022.

Artist Statement

In challenging times, the world needs more heroes. These small portraits were created by 12 Detroit youth, working for Mint Artists Guild during the pandemic in the summer of 2020. They are part of a summer of creative work and learning.

The show represents a diverse array of heroes, real and imaginary. And as the exhibit's title implies, they may not be heroic every day. Occasional heroes and unknown heroes also deserve recognition.

"When I think of a hero, I think of someone who is always leading the way for others, lighting up the path." - Eleanor Aro, Mint Artist Guild participant.