Letter from the Director – Fall

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.

At WMA, we know that we contribute to our community by providing valuable educational opportunities that shape students into well-rounded individuals. We teach students critical thinking skills, empathy, and tolerance; all valuable skills needed when entering the workforce. This fall marks the third year of Bus on Us, which provides bus reimbursement for all Dothan City and Houston County schools. In just two years, we have seen the number of students visiting the museum more than triple, with over 4,000 unique visitors already scheduled this school year. We have added pre-K to the program this year, in addition to K-12 students, and we have increased our bus allowance from 6 to 8 buses per school. Because of the support we receive from the City of Dothan, Dothan City Schools, and our dedicated membership, not only are we able to remain a free museum, but we also continue to respond to the needs of the public through innovative programming that bridges the visual arts and those we serve.

This quarter we are presenting new work from Zdenko Krtić – in an exhibition titled wolf-light — separating gold from gravel: new encaustic works on paper by Zdenko Krtić– who uses painting techniques alongside technology to explore the beauty in the mundane. Other exhibitions include Frank Stella: Prints from the Permanent Collection and In Flux, which features ceramic works by Jessica Smith. Each exhibition highlights our commitment to caring for quality collections and to providing space for contemporary, regional artists as they experiment with new materials and techniques.

Don’t forget about our weekly after-school art classes, quarterly adult classes, and the always-free First Saturday Family Day! We have one more Screen on the Green film this year – join us for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on December 19th for an evening under the stars.

Stay tuned for announcements of new programs and events for 2020, and a very special interactive experience that will launch in January! There is always something going on at the museum and we hope you will be inspired to create, gather, and give this year. Thank you for your continued support of the work we do to best serve our community. Whether through your time, your annual membership, or support through your business, every contribution goes towards making the visual arts accessible in the Wiregrass.

All the best,

Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive Director and Curator

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.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.

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.