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Rendering of the façade at MINT’s new space at The MET (Artwork courtesy of MINT artists Carla Contreras and Jermaine Clark)

MINT is on the move. Early this fall, the nonprofit that champions emerging visual artists will leave its 1,800-square-foot space in downtown Atlanta for a much larger new home at The MET in the Adair Park neighborhood near the West End MARTA station.

The new 7,300-square-foot space will include three galleries, offices, five studios for participants in MINT’s Leap Year residency program and 18–23 studios for emerging artists. The studios will be available at below-market rental rates, according to a MINT statement.

MINT is the first Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)-certified organization in Georgia, one of 65 in the nation. W.A.G.E. Certification is a national program that publicly recognizes nonprofit arts organizations that demonstrate a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees that meet minimum payment standards.

MINT will launch a capital campaign this summer to raise funds to finish the build-out of the new space. Artist studios will be available in a range of sizes by January 1. Artists will receive one-year leases on a first-come, first-served basis (intent-to-lease form HERE).

Programming at MINT’s downtown space continues through the end of August. MINT Gallery’s annual juried show — curated by Tiffany LaTrice and featuring the work of 14 artists — continues through May 23.

MINT was founded in 2006 by undergraduate students at Atlanta universities who wanted to create a space for emerging artists and patrons to find their voices. To date, it has presented the work of more than 1,000 contemporary and experimental artists.

(Courtesy of MINT)

The MET, a 1 million-square-foot warehouse complex, markets itself as a community of entrepreneurs and artisans with public spaces that foster community and connection. The property was built by Coca-Cola cofounder Asa Candler in 1914 and purchased for $58 million in June 2018 by Atlanta-based developers Carter & Associates.

The MET is also the new home of the Mammal Gallery, a DIY music and performing arts venue that plans to be fully operational by March 2020.

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