Becoming a Minted Artist: A Platform for Older Adults to Sell Art, Acquire New Skills

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Retired and looking to take on a creative endeavor? Competitive in nature and wanting to sell artwork? Seeking mentorship and community?

Whatever the situation, Minted has older adults covered. As a platform for independent artists to sell their work, many seniors become a Minted artist to hone their creative skills, find or serve as mentors and earn some extra cash.

And Minted now hosts a growing community of senior artists.

With the remote nature of the website, being a Minted artist proves ideal for retirees who want to work on their own terms, and especially those who are looking for their second act. Plus, creating, competing and connecting with other artists allows them to keep their minds sharp as they try new techniques and update their skills.

How Minted Works

Minted features design challenges in various categories – baby shower invitations, for example, or holiday gift wrap. Artists submit their best designs and the public votes on their favorites. The winners, along with editor’s picks, then become available for purchase. Minted handles the printing and shipping.

For many, the ease with which they can sell their work is the most appealing. The platform relieves stress associated with fulfillment of orders and customer service if they run their own business, according to Next Avenue.

Minted Artist Connections

A major perk is the ability for artists to connect through Minted. There are Minted artists in all 50 states and 96 countries, but all have the opportunity to join a Facebook group or participate in a buddy program.

Given that being a Minted artist means working individually, having a community becomes all the more important. And mentor relationships provide the chance to learn from other artists, whether they’re older, younger, more experienced or less experienced.

For one Minted artist, the experience has been life-changing.

“The whole venture has enhanced my life,” Susan Brown, an artist over 60 who lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin, told Next Avenue. “I’m engaged. I’m learning. I feel more vital.”