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!

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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