Letter from the Director – Fall

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 that tell the unique stories of Alabama and the Wiregrass. Charlie Lucas and Yvonne Wells: What I Knew How To Do showcases the personal stories of two artists from Alabama. The large scale sculpture, found object, and assemblage work of Charlie Lucas is paired with story quilts by Yvonne Wells to present our State’s cultural heritage, while the work of Sydney A. Foster uses photography to document the realities of the Wiregrass community. Taken over the course of a year during her residency with WMA, the artist and image maker shares underrepresented stories of our community, and reflects on her own experiences growing up in the South.

We recently relaunched our Bus on Us program, and are providing 8 buses for every Dothan City and Houston County school to visit the museum. We’ve already welcomed students to WMA for tours and art lessons that integrate STEM and literacy into arts learning. This program lays the foundation for our commitment to lifelong learning – school field trips give students a sense of ownership for our museum and encourage continued learning in the arts. We’re looking forward to serving thousands of students this school year, through Bus on Us and other educational initiatives.

WMA also welcomed back students from Troy’s Nursing School, where they hone their observation and communication skills by studying art throughout the year. As we move into a new year, we’ll be balancing a return to in-person programs while continuing to offer virtual programs that bring artists and creative professionals together from around the world. WMA is a place where education is at the core of our mission. But we also provide opportunities to gather and socialize with our neighbors. Through events like Art After Hours, Watercolor Collective, and the green leaf, WMA is poised to provide consistent activation of a growing downtown and a space that is fun and accessible for all.

As a cultural anchor, we inspire creativity that enhances and elevates the everyday lives of our community, and we can only do this with your support. As we enter a season of giving, we hope that you will join alongside us and continue to generously give to the museum’s end-of-year fundraising campaign, to help us sustain growth and momentum. We thank you for your continued support of WMA and our mission and hope to see you at the museum soon!

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.

Email Educator Amanda Holcomb

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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