Applications now open for WMA Teens

WMA is accepting applications for the second year of its WMA Teens program, now through September 19th. WMA is looking to select up to twelve area sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Wiregrass region public, private, or homeschools who are oriented toward the arts and creativity, and who are looking to gain experience in arts programming and collaboration.

The museum launched WMA Teens during the 2021-22 school year, and will build on last year’s successes to reach teen audiences. Previous projects from WMA Teens include a well-attended Teen Night, planned and implemented by the students, and a public art project for three Free Little Art Supplies Libraries, located at community centers in Dothan and inside the museum.

Selected WMA Teens participants will work together to create and implement museum programming for teens, by teens. During this school year long commitment, teens will learn about museum operations and pathways toward arts-oriented careers and education from museum staff, and will have the opportunity to meet with regional artists who can help guide them in their artistic pursuits beyond high school. The committee will also create, prep, and host Teen Night for area teens, honing valuable skills in project and budget management, event planning, marketing/promotions, and arts outreach. Participating students who complete the program from October 2022 to May 2023 will receive a $300 stipend and are eligible for community service hours.

Participants must attend all 14 bi-monthly meetings from October to May, with the possibility for additional meetings possible closer to events. WMA staff will review applications and make selections for members each year, with a focus on selecting a council of students from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and schools. Previous WMA Teen members must reapply for consideration in the upcoming year.

“The feedback we received from last year’s cohort was so encouraging. One participant stated that WMA Teens was the highlight of their year and that they gained ‘values, a work ethic, and work goals’ they would not have gained otherwise. This is exactly what we hoped for. We want area teens to feel that WMA is a safe space for them to learn, grow, and simply be themselves!” said Brook McGinnis, WMA’s education director.

To apply online, students can visit For more information on WMA Teens or other education programs and offerings, please contact the museum at 334-794-3871.

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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