“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” This Japanese proverb has been running through my mind for the past two months as I have had the pleasure to work with a group of truly great educators!

WMA hosted an online professional development course entitled, “Art is Everywhere” that focused on arts integration across the curriculum. The class consisted of teachers from Hidden Lake Primary school, one of Dothan City Schools A+ Art Schools. In just four short modules, these gifted students/educators exhibited not only a deep understanding of their content areas but a real talent for arts integration lessons. I was consistently impressed and delighted by the quality of their work. Rather than write about, I want to share some of their creations with you!

Our first module assignment was a multimedia “neighborhood” collage and they set the bar high for the rest of the course!

The second module assignment was a sound wave portrait, a fun STEAM infused activity.

The third module assignment was a crazy quilt: a way to explore history and the world around us through art.

Lastly, the group created their own arts integration lesson plans. I’m so impressed with their creativity and attention to detail!

I think we’ve learned a lot in 2020 but one thing this year has reinforced in my mind is that educators are made of some pretty strong stuff. They have taken every change, cancellation, and redirection with stride and made opportunities out of every challenge they faced. Dothan students are so lucky to learn from these incredible educators. As we head into the holidays, make sure to take time to thank an educator in your life! 

Warmest of holiday wishes, my friends. We’ll see you in the new year!

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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