Letter from the Director – Winter

Dear Friends and Members,

January is the month most associated with fresh starts, and a new year. While we are always looking forward here at WMA, and there is much to look forward to, none of our work is exactly “new,” as much of our upcoming plans center on great experiences that the museum offers year-round. WMA is a place to be inspired, to learn, and to gather as a community.

This quarter, the museum is involved in many city- and state-wide projects including participation in the City’s plans to re-imagine the 84 Corridor stretching from ACOM towards downtown; the arts and culture committee for Blueprint City Dothan; as well as preparations for Parts 2 and 3 of our Alabama Bicentennial exhibitions and programs, which have taken us across the state to meet with artists and collaborators. And while our work takes us across the Southeast region, it is our local community that we are invested in, providing over 17 art programs each year for area residents and their families and friends.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming events and programs. Whether you attend the opening of new exhibitions at Art After Hours, or attend one of our many classes and workshops throughout the year, we have something for everyone. Here are just a few of the things we heard from visitors last quarter:

“I love this place. I really do love it. I always learn something while I’m here”
– Visitor from Dothan

“I already like this place and I haven’t even seen it yet!”
– Young visitor from Australia, upon hearing about our gallery activities

“Fantastic museum with friendly, talented staff and incredible shows. We are so lucky to have this museum in Dothan!”
– Visitor after an artist lecture

“Can you have a job for me when I graduate?”
– Honeysuckle Middle School student after a tour

Whether you want to lose yourself in the artwork in our galleries, engage in meaningful conversations during a public program, or enjoy a quiet moment in the garden, I hope a visit to the Wiregrass Museum of Art is part of your New Year.

All the best,

Dana-Marie Lemmer
Director and Curator

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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