Letter from the Director – Fall

Our mission at WMA is to create experiences that bring art and artists together with members of our community. While this year has challenged us in many ways, the museum continues to find ways to do this important work, by providing safe in-person visitation, as well as virtual resources that allow the public to engage online.

This quarter, as we open new exhibitions and continue programming in adapted formats, we hope that you will attend in whatever way you feel most comfortable. The pandemic has changed almost every aspect of museum operations, from the work we do with artists, to providing virtual tours and classes, and ensuring that all of our decisions set us up for long term success and sustainability.

There has been much discussion over the past several months, across the country, about the relevance of the arts in times of hardship, with people questioning whether the arts are essential. The arts drive the local and regional economy, create tourism, provide for more well-rounded educational opportunities, and create a cultural identity that contributes to quality of life. At WMA, we have an ongoing process of evaluation that informs our decisions each year about what our community most wants and would most benefit from. Through evaluation, public feedback, and research, we have found over and over that the arts are essential.

Our programs will evolve over time and the themes of our exhibitions may change, but we are committed to providing a platform for inspiration and creativity in everything we do. At WMA, the arts remind us of our shared stories, and inspire us to find inspiration in the familiar, day-to-day routines we follow, encouraging us to look beyond ourselves. Art elevates the everyday. 

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.

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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