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Coming Soon: Teen Night at WMA!

This fall WMA launched their first ever teen council with the express purpose of giving area teens the opportunity to interact with the museum that were meaningful and relevant to them. We also wanted these students to learn about museum operations while helping them develop workforce skills such as event planning, project management, budgeting, marketing, and more!  Our first cohort included 12 local teenagers from city, county, private, and home schools in the area.  Meetings were held twice a month and they spent their time planning and dreaming up ways that area teens can engage with the museum. We could not be prouder of the work they have done thus far!

While the emphasis of the group has focused on creating an event for area teens, they’ve also found time to tackle deeper issues. We begin each meeting with a space to air their joys and sorrows. We think it’s important to celebrate successes but also provide comfort and counsel for life’s challenges. In December, they met with Dothan Mayor, Mark Saliba, to talk about issues facing teens in the Wiregrass and to discuss the kind of city they want to live in.

WMA Teens stand with Dothan Mayor, Mark Saliba.

WMA Teens are also helping us launch a brand-new program that aims to put free art supplies in the hands of young artists in the area. (More on that program in next month’s post!)

A teenager is painting a newspaper box with bright, primary colors.

And, of course, they are working tirelessly to plan and now to execute WMA’s first ever Teen Night, an art filled exploration of the museum with food, live music, art making activities, and more!

Four teenagers sit around a table in an animated discussion.

We want to ensure that our first ever Teen Night is a huge success! Would you help us spread the word? It’s free and open to all area teens!

What: Teen Night!

Where: Wiregrass Museum of Art

When: Saturday, April 23rd

Time: 4:30 PM to 7 PM

Cost: FREE!!!

We will accept applications for a new WMA Teens cohort in August of 2022. Do you know any teens who love art and want to share their love of art with the community? Encourage them to apply to be a WMA Teen! Keep an eye on our website (https://www.wiregrassmuseum.org/wma-teens/) and our social media for more information!