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WMA partners with Dothan City Schools to address grade-specific learning needs

Posted: Nov 17, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melissa Rea Director of Advancement, WMA 334.794.3871 mrea@wiregrassmuseum.org Dothan, AL – November 17, 2022 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is continuing its partnership with Dothan City Schools (DCS) for the 2022-23 school year, and has aligned its arts learning resources to address identified learning needs for crucial educational benchmarks […]

WMA’s new fall events draw large crowds

Posted: Nov 01, 2022

In celebration of its upcoming 35th anniversary, the Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) debuted two new fall events this past weekend, The Glass Pumpkin Party, and The Pumpkin Patch, a free family art festival. These events provided fun, unique opportunities for area residents and families to experience artmaking by learning directly from artists. WMA’s slate […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Oct 31, 2022

Students from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan, collaborated with WMA this month at Write Night: Open Mic Night, a one-of-a-kind event, as part of their student body’s Diversity Week activities. ACOM students enjoyed exhibitions after hours, and gathered in the space to share their own cultural heritage and practices through musical […]

New family art festival and glass art party to debut at Wiregrass Museum of Art

Posted: Oct 14, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DOTHAN, Alabama — October 14, 2022 — The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is introducing two new events at the end of the month, The Glass Pumpkin Party, and The Pumpkin Patch, a free family art festival. Both events are part of the museum’s series of community-focused events and programs in celebration […]

Corporate Member Spotlight: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Posted: Oct 05, 2022

WMA is generously supported in part by the regional business community through its corporate member program. For this spotlight, we talked with Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky, a student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine about the connections between art and medicine. Southeast Health and ACOM both support WMA as a Patron level corporate member. WMA: Sarah, […]

WMA awarded $12,700 in grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts

Posted: Sep 23, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is pleased to announce two grant awards from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) for two programs, WMA Teens, and its Visiting Artist Series, for a total of $12,700. The first award in the amount of $6,600, supports WMA Teens, a program designed to provide arts opportunities for […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Sep 18, 2022

WMA brings in visitors of all ages to learn from and enjoy art in our galleries, and this month, we welcomed a very special group from a fellow nonprofit organization here in Dothan, Vaughn-Blumberg Services, which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities. Visitors from Vaughn-Blumberg Services have visited WMA for many years, but this […]

Wiregrass Museum of Art offers CEUs for educator professional development

Posted: Sep 15, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is offering opportunities for K-12 educators in Alabama to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for its upcoming professional development courses, as well as its studio classes and artist workshops. Professional development courses, developed by WMA’s education director, Brook McGinnis, will be available in an asynchronous, online format for educators to […]

Applications now open for WMA Teens

Posted: Aug 29, 2022

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 […]

WMA to host Alabama arts education grant workshop

Posted: Jul 25, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) will host a grant workshop session with the Alabama Arts Education Initiative on Saturday, August 6th at the museum from 10:00am until 1:00pm. The workshop will explore opportunities for schools to enhance existing arts programs or initiate new arts programs through Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grants. Through a line […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Jun 23, 2022

This month alone, 200 young students have been enjoying summer art camps and programs at WMA, learning and developing skills through hands-on artmaking, with many more to visit in July and August! Camps like ‘Read a Little, Art a Lot’ and ‘Mixed Media Mayhem’ gave little learners a chance to explore art mediums and fresh […]

WMA receives $13,000 in grants to support summer outreach programs and First Saturday Family Day

Posted: Jun 03, 2022

WMA is pleased to announce it has been awarded grants from local foundations to support two programs, including summer outreach programs and the museum’s longest running program, First Saturday Family Day. “These programs reflect the museum’s core mission to inspire lifelong learning for all ages. WMA’s programs are part of a comprehensive educational plan to […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: May 18, 2022

There’s something new in the neighborhood – Free Little Art Supplies Libraries! WMA has launched its newest project, in partnership with Dothan Leisure Services, and with support from Wiregrass Foundation. Free Little Art Supplies Libraries are now installed in three locations, Andrew Belle Community Center, Westgate Park near the entrance to the aquatics center, and […]

WMA to host ALC workshop for teaching artists

Posted: Apr 28, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is partnering with the Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium to host a training workshop for artists who currently work in schools, and for those who may wish to. The workshop will be held at WMA on Saturday, May 14th, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s classrooms. During the […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Apr 22, 2022

What a great week it’s been at WMA — and it’s not over yet! WMA opened new exhibitions last night at Art After Hours, with exhibiting artists Sonya Yong James and Sarah Marshall in attendance. Each artist took the time to chat at length with the many guests and museum members about their work, and […]

Youth Art Month at WMA sees high student participation, awards winners

Posted: Mar 23, 2022

The Wiregrass Museum of Art opened its annual Youth Art Month exhibition this month, selecting 151 works of art to display from its record-breaking total of 728 submissions. Selected works represent students from 31 schools, including Dothan City Schools, Houston County Schools, Dale County Schools, Coffee County Schools, private, and homeschool. Held every March, Youth […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Mar 21, 2022

We’re celebrating a return to in-person programs, like First Saturday Family Day! Khloe B. and her family showed up at First Saturday Family Day last month. She and her brother have been in classes and camps before at WMA, and she, her brother, and her mom stayed for 45 minutes and created print after print. […]

Stories from WMA

Posted: Feb 15, 2022

We’ve had so much fun taking the tour groups through the new exhibitions. The kids seem to really respond to the work. One of the 3rd graders said that he wants to work in a museum one day, but he also wants to be a teacher. We pointed out that Ms. Brook is an educator in […]

WMA Teens Take Charge

Posted: Dec 20, 2021

WMA Teens, a new museum initiative for high school juniors and seniors, began their work this semester to create programs and events for teens, by teens for the current school year. Their bi-weekly afternoon meetings create a space for the group of 12 to plan, learn new skills, interact with guest speakers and teachers, share […]

WMA Education Director Presents at AAEA Conference

Posted: Nov 15, 2021

Brook McGinnis, Education Director at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, recently presented at the Alabama Art Education Association Conference in Mobile, providing instruction and inspiration for early education (preK-2nd grade) educators in her seminar, “Creating art is LIT! Igniting LITeracy skills through talking about and making art!” McGinnis explained how WMA has reimagined their school […]

WMA Reinvigorates Collection with Spanish Language and Photo Labels

Posted: Sep 09, 2021

WMA has recently launched a new initiative to make its Permanent Collection more accessible for its visitors. Labels for Permanent Collection objects, located in its Entrance Galleries and on long term display, now have added interpreted text in Spanish, and have provided photos of the artists whose works are displayed. These labels allow visitors and […]

Beyond the Box: ArtBox 2021

Posted: Aug 24, 2021

Two young artists. Three artist mentors. One project to change the world. During the last week of February for the last ten years, WMA would transform into a beautiful realm of chaos as teams of high school students took over the galleries to create installation art works from scratch in less than 48 hours. Teams […]

Wiregrass Museum of Art awarded Wiregrass Foundation grant for summer outreach programs

Posted: May 13, 2021

DOTHAN, AL – May 12, 2021 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art recently received a grant award totaling $19,296 from Dothan’s Wiregrass Foundation to be used in support of the museum’s long-running First Saturday Family Day program and Wiregrass-area summer outreach programs, which will begin in June. WMA will dedicate $9,296 of the award to First […]

Alabama State Council on the Arts awards $11,200 to WMA for artist projects and annual Art Box program

Posted: Oct 26, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama – October 26, 2020 – The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) has awarded two grants totaling $11,200 to the Wiregrass Museum of Art through its organizational grants program. WMA was awarded $5,600 to support its newly restructured Out of the (Art) Box program for middle and high school students, and another $5,600 for […]

WMA and Dothan City Schools partner to bring art education programs to area teachers and students

Posted: Oct 20, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama – October 20, 2020 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art is partnering with Dothan City Schools (DCS) to provide online professional development for DCS’s A+ Art schools teachers and a virtual museum tours program for all teachers, students and families in Dothan’s public schools. DCS has committed $30,000 to the development of both […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Innovation

Posted: Jul 06, 2020

Did you know artistic innovation helps build equitable communities, gives people the tools to tell complex histories, and can help build more inclusive economies? By supporting artistic innovation, arts organizations can bring about positive social change. Artists cultivate creativity and innovation within their artistic practices and share important stories through their artwork. Their use of […]

WMA receives funding for summer outreach and educational programming

Posted: Jun 09, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama – June 9, 2020 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received grant funding from the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation (SACF) and Wiregrass Foundation for education and outreach programs. SACF has awarded the museum $2,500 in support of WMA’s First Saturday Family Day and transitional virtual offerings during social […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Access to Education

Posted: Jun 08, 2020

Did you know that the arts provide an open door to significant educational benefits and valuable life skills for students? Students who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to graduate high school and college, vote and be highly engaged in the community, and have a stronger development of fuller and more empathetic perspectives on other […]

Guest Post – Art and Healing: You Can’t Have Stars Without Darkness

Posted: Feb 26, 2020

“He doesn’t like doing art projects, so don’t be offended if he doesn’t participate,” Cindy said with a sweet smile as she rushed to set up the generous snack offerings for the evening. The gentleman she spoke of was sitting off to the side, at a table away from the group. Never one to back […]

Wiregrass Museum of Art launches the WMA App

Posted: Jan 31, 2020

DOTHAN, Alabama – January 29, 2020 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has launched the WMA App for Apple and Android mobile devices. WMA worked with PushCrankPress (PCP), a Dothan-based design agency, to develop the app to deliver additional content about exhibitions, artists, and programming to both museum guests and offsite users. […]

Why Does WMA Matter to You?

Posted: Jan 27, 2020

Dear Friends of WMA: We at Wiregrass Museum of Art care deeply about making the art and programming we share meaningful to you, our community, and all our visitors. But we need your help! To learn more about how visitors like you engage with us, we are participating in a national survey of museum-goers, sponsored […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + PreK-12 Education

Posted: Jan 08, 2020

Did you know that a single field trip to an art museum can help students learn new skills? A recent study from The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), shows that inquiry-based field trip experiences at an art museum help students learn crucial […]

WMA’s Impact: Art + Intergenerational Learning

Posted: Dec 10, 2019

Did you know the arts make every phase of life better and more fulfilling, and that learning through the arts has proven benefits for participants at all stages of life? In early childhood, the arts can boost IQ and get kids school-ready1. For older adults, arts participation also leads to better physical and mental health, higher […]

WMA launches Educator’s Lair blog

Posted: Oct 02, 2019

Online platform aims to help K-12 teachers meet state art standards in the classroom DOTHAN, Alabama – October 1, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Educator’s Lair, an online platform that serves as a resource for all K-12 educators. The blog, created by WMA’s education department, will […]

Alabama State Council on the Arts awards $10,000 to WMA

Posted: Sep 25, 2019

DOTHAN, Alabama – September 24, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce that the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) has awarded the museum a combined grant in the amount of $10,000 for an upcoming exhibition and an annual youth education program. The award designates $3,800 for a 2020 exhibition […]

WMA awarded $50,000 contract with Dothan City Schools

Posted: Sep 06, 2019

DOTHAN, Alabama – September 6, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce that Dothan City Schools (DCS) has awarded WMA a contract in an amount not to exceed $50,000 to fund educational field trips for two area schools during the 2018-19 academic year, as well as professional development for school educators. […]

WMA awarded more than $15,000 for arts education programs

Posted: Jun 20, 2019

DOTHAN, Alabama – June 18, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received three separate grant awards totaling $15,800 to be used for existing art education programs in the coming year. WMA received a $9,300 micro-grant award from Wiregrass Foundation for summer outreach camps with partner organizations, as well […]

Wiregrass Museum of Art awarded $9,000 to support Youth Art Month

Posted: Feb 14, 2019

The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received grant awards totaling $9,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Publix Supermarket Charities, and Dothan Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to support Youth Art Month, a national program held annually to recognize […]

WMA summer interns experience museum life first hand

Posted: Sep 01, 2018

What does it take to run a museum? Sarah Ivey and Brandon Rice got a behind-the-scenes look this summer as they completed internships at WMA. The two art students from Troy University’s main campus gained experience serving as docents, assisting in summer camps, installing exhibitions, and volunteering at museum events. WMA’s staff loved working with […]

Wiregrass Museum of Art Hosts Alabama History Institute, June 18-21

Posted: Jun 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andi Martin, Alabama Bicentennial Commission 334-242-5864, andi.martin@bicentennial.alabama.gov Wiregrass Museum of Art Hosts Alabama History Institute, June 18-21 Montgomery, AL (June 18, 2018) – The Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan will host an Alabama History Institute (AHI) for grades 3-5 teachers and administrators entitled Our Roots Run Deep: Digging Up Alabama’s Rich Farming History. Sponsored by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and the Alabama […]

WMA receives $10,000 for youth education programs

Posted: May 07, 2018

DOTHAN, Alabama – April 26, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received two grants for youth art education totaling $10,000. A $5,000 award from Wiregrass Foundation will fund WMA’s six summer camp offerings, as well as outreach camps to the Hawk Houston Youth Enrichment Center and the […]

‘Alabama Reckoner’ honors the state’s living artists and unique ecology

Posted: Apr 23, 2018

DOTHAN, Ala. – April 11, 2017- The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) announces the opening of “Alabama Reckoner,” featuring the work of Birmingham-based artist Douglas Pierre Baulos. The exhibition is an exploration of Baulos’ process-driven work and the role the state of Alabama plays in his art. “Alabama Reckoner” will present twelve mixed-media portraits of […]

Youth Write Night 2018

Posted: Mar 17, 2018

To coincide with the national celebration of Youth Art Month and WMA’s exhibition, we hosted our first ever Youth Write Night, inviting 7th-12th grade students to share an original written work. The night was a wonderful success with 15 students presenting! Participants came out from Girard Middle School, Beverlye Magnet School, Dothan High School, Chipley […]

WMA Participates in Geneva Program Outreach

Posted: Mar 12, 2018

As an educator, nothing makes me happier than being able to share my passion for art with students. While the galleries provide the ideal platform to show incredible artwork from astounding artists, not everyone is able to make the trip out. Thankfully, WMA is able to go outside our walls with outreach programs, including Artful […]

WMA Receives $5,000 ASCA Grant

Posted: Feb 12, 2018

WMA receives $5,000 ASCA grant for digital learning DOTHAN, Alabama – January 30, 2018 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received grant funding in the amount of $5,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). The money will be used to support the implementation of technology […]

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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