Become an Art Box Mentor

The Wiregrass Museum of Art wants YOU to be an ART BOX Mentor!

12 students. 3 artist mentors. 1 vision to change the world.

This Spring, WMA is thinking outside of the box and reimagining what Out of the (Art)Box could be. We are looking for up to 12 area Junior High and High School students who believe in art’s ability and power to create a better world. No teams competing against each other, but rather one big team working together to create a catalyst for change. Those chosen for this project will work together to create an arts based solution to an issue facing our community. If this seems vague, it’s because we want YOU to shape this experience! What issues do YOU feel we need to tackle? What issues do you think art can address? How is the best way to accomplish that? YOU tell us!

WMA is looking for artists to be mentors during ART BOX:

You do not necessarily need to have a background in Art Education to serve as a mentor; however, you should possess the following skills/work habits:

  • Creative, Energetic, Motivated, Flexible, Patient, Innovative
  • A general knowledge of the elements/principles of design (line, color, balance, contrast, harmony, etc.)
  • The ability to think abstractly/conceptually (the mentor encourages students to be inventive and not so literal)
  • A specialization in at least one artistic medium such as painting, wood working, drafting, etc.

Chosen mentors will receive a $300 stipend.


Much of the work this year will be virtual. Mentors need to be available from February 12th through the 26th for two Zoom sessions with the team that will run approximately two hours each. (To be scheduled at the mentors’ convenience and within the team’s availability.)

The creative process is collaborative and invites diverse and sometimes challenging viewpoints. As an ART BOX Mentor, your primary responsibility will be to help your team maintain direction throughout the experience. Your role may shift from coach to mediator as you encourage students to validate each decision and intervene if your team has trouble reaching an agreement. Mentors should have the skills to assist others in a positive, constructive way. This includes excellent communication skills, especially the ability to be an active listener and provide feedback in an effective manner. Mentors can draw upon their own career development with their team, including aspirations, goals, experiences, and the particular knowledge, skills, and attitudes they have found necessary to succeed in the art world.

More information about ART BOX available at


  • November 2, 2020 – Out of the (Art) Box application window opens.
  • December 4, 2020 – Out of the (Art) Box application window closes. Statement and reference letters must be sent to
  • December 7, 2020 – Notification of 12 selected individual participants.
  • January 25, 2021: Weekly virtual meetings with mentors begin.
  • February 26, 2021: Final Out of the (Art) Box project debuts.

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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