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WMA Update: A Bold Vision for the Future

Posted: Jul 18, 2022

Next year marks WMA’s 35th anniversary and as I reflect on the museum’s history, I’m grateful for early supporters who wanted the best for their community and who worked tirelessly to found our museum. Their vision for Dothan included the arts, and look how far we’ve come. It’s clear that “Art Elevates the Everyday”; and […]

Letter from the Director – Summer 2022

Posted: Jul 05, 2022

Dear Friends and Members, The museum is buzzing this summer! Between in-house camps, outreach and tours with community partners, and classes and workshops with visiting artists, WMA’s mission of lifelong learning can be seen on a daily basis. The most exciting thing about these programs, for me, is the opportunity for students of all ages […]

Letter from the Director – Winter 2022

Posted: Jan 10, 2022

The arts play a critical role in the well-being of our communities by driving economic growth, tourism, and quality of life for our residents. As the Executive Director and Curator at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, I believe that the arts are the great connector of people, places, and ideas, and my role is an […]

Letter from the Director – Fall

Posted: Oct 07, 2021

Dear Friends and Members, Art elevates the everyday. And WMA elevates the Wiregrass. Through diverse programs that highlight quality art, lifelong learning, and that promote community gathering and sharing, WMA contributes to a rich local experience and quality of life that impacts the lives of those in our region. This quarter we open new exhibitions […]

Letter from the Director – Summer

Posted: Jul 26, 2021

Dear Friends and Members, We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. As other organizations and businesses begin the process of reopening, WMA is doing the same. Although we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and visitors, we’re all eager to return to a sense of normalcy. Following […]

Letter from the Director – Spring

Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Dear Friends and Members, This quarter marks a year since our temporary closure in 2020, when exhibitions were postponed and programs and events canceled. Although we adapted quickly – pivoting to outreach efforts, supplying art kits to thousands, and increasing our digital presence — we’re all looking forward to a steady return to normal. It […]

Letter from the Director – Winter

Posted: Feb 17, 2021

Dear Friends and Members, Like me, I’m sure many of you are glad to see a new year. 2020 was a challenge for many of us personally, and we experienced our own trials at WMA. Through temporary closure, adjusted hours, new operational models, and the innovation of technology, we prioritized the people of this community […]

Letter from the Director – Fall

Posted: Oct 01, 2020

Our mission at WMA is to create experiences that bring art and artists together with members of our community. While this year has challenged us in many ways, the museum continues to find ways to do this important work, by providing safe in-person visitation, as well as virtual resources that allow the public to engage […]

Letter from the Director – Summer

Posted: Jul 02, 2020

On March 13, when I announced the temporary closure of WMA due to COVID-19, I was sure it would be a few weeks until we were back in our building. Instead, we were closed to the public for three months, reopening on June 17. We continue to take necessary safety precautions, for the protection of […]

Letter From The Director – Spring

Posted: Apr 20, 2020

Dear Friends and Members, As I write this letter to you, we find ourselves in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has been in the news for several months now, and like our art and museum colleagues around the world, we have been following the news closely. The arts are often an outlet during times of […]

Letter from the Director – Winter

Posted: Jan 07, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the core values that drive decision making at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. We’re dedicated to providing our community with exceptional experiences and believe in the transformative power of art. Our permanent collection, a diverse exhibition schedule, and digital access to unique works of […]

Letter from the Director – Fall

Posted: Oct 04, 2019

Dear Friends and Members, The Wiregrass Museum of Art is where inspiration and creativity thrive each and every day. We are a place where learning is fun and children can explore new ideas; we are a platform for artists to activate new ideas; and we provide space where the community gathers to share their stories. […]

Letter from the Director – Summer

Posted: Jul 16, 2019

Dear Friends and Members,  We are in full swing for summer at WMA, with new exhibitions being installed, a total of 12 summer camps including in-house and outreach programs, and #theHOTTESTpartyoftheyear.  We’re halfway through summer camp programming this year and we’ve already seen hundreds of students. In-house camps have provided opportunities for students to create […]

Letter from the Director – Spring

Posted: Apr 03, 2019

Dear Friends and Members, WMA has seen tremendous growth in the past year, including a 13% increase in quarterly attendance from this time last year, a 72% increase in student artwork submissions for Youth Art Month, and a 24% increase in member households and 126% increase in corporate membership. These are exciting times at your […]

Letter from the Director – Winter

Posted: Jan 04, 2019

Dear Friends and Members, January marks a new year at WMA, and we have created a number of programs to inspire you throughout the year. From new exhibitions, to classes and workshops for all ages, and extended hours with Third Thursday every month, there is always an opportunity to enjoy the museum. Remember, WMA is […]

Letter from the Director – Fall

Posted: Oct 02, 2018

Dear WMA Members and Friends, As we come to the end of a very busy summer at the museum, I hope that you had a chance to visit us during one of our many programs or events. We hosted over 330 students during summer camps this year and have been planning new classes and workshops […]

Letter from the Director – Summer

Posted: Jul 08, 2018

Dear Friends and Members, It is officially the summer season, and the museum is buzzing with activity. As I write this letter, I keep reflecting on the students in our first summer camp last week, learning about what we do behind the scenes, before heading to our studio to make unique pieces inspired by works […]

Letter from the Director – Spring

Posted: Apr 01, 2018

Dear WMA Members and Friends, WMA is a place to be inspired, to learn, and to gather as a community year-round. This quarter we are making meaningful connections through new exhibitions, programs, and initiatives that are bringing artists and ideas together, right here in the Wiregrass. Last quarter I mentioned to you all that we […]

Letter from the Director – Winter

Posted: Jan 08, 2018

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 […]

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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