WHO IS MINT?
MINT’s mission is to make Atlanta a destination for the arts: a cultural hub where artists thrive, patrons experience transformative work, and communities are activated and engaged.
MINT believes that art enriches the world, and our dynamic programming, exhibitions, community partnerships and outreach serves artists and art enthusiasts alike. We make space for artists to take risks, be curious, and create brilliant and challenging work reflective of our city.
In 2006, MINT was founded by undergraduate students at Atlanta universities. The organization was established to create a space for emerging artists and patrons to find their voices. Over the past 13 years, we have presented over 1,000 contemporary and experimental artists through our programs and exhibitions. We provide creatives opportunities to present work in both traditional and alternative media, such as installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, film, literature, and performance. Our rigorously curated exhibitions and projects, community art programs, and open calls for artists continue to engage and challenge the contemporary Atlanta art scene.
W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) is a national organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between artists and the institutions that contract their labor. Their current roster of organizations includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, MOMA, The Guggenheim, and now, MINT.
MINT is the first W.A.G.E.-certified organization in Georgia, a state with has the 49th lowest per capita arts funding in the U.S. (National Assembly of Arts Agencies), which means the burden of paying artists falls on organizations like ours. W.A.G.E. certification has propelled us to be an even more integral part of Georgia’s arts ecosystem.
As a nonprofit art space, MINT shows work that is innovative and successful outside of commercial constraints. We host exhibits that show work that may otherwise go unseen, and we guide emerging artists in our community with financial and career support. Often their work is experiential, interactive, and ephemeral – work that is not typically purchased by collectors. In making this work a priority, we reach the more established Atlanta art scene who are drawn to engage with the experimental and contemporary talent that MINT continually presents and exhibits.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of our mission and the nature of our programs, our gallery functions solely as exhibition space for our annual programming needs. Artists who are interested at showing through MINT should refer to our programs page for information on how to become involved with our organization.