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,