Letter from the Director – Summer

Dear Friends and Members, 

We are in full swing for summer at WMA, with new exhibitions being installed, a total of 12 summer camps including in-house and outreach programs, and #theHOTTESTpartyoftheyear. 

We’re halfway through summer camp programming this year and we’ve already seen hundreds of students. In-house camps have provided opportunities for students to create their own animation film during stop-motion animation camps; students have learned about pinhole photography and developed their own photographs in our darkroom; and they’ve made whimsical creatures out of clay. We’ve partnered with community organizations this summer including the Dothan Housing Authority, Wiregrass Boys and Girls Club, Hawk-Houston Youth Enrichment Center, and HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters), and have had fun teaching action and abstract painting, art techniques from around the world, and foundations in clay. 

Our classes and programs provide a foundation for creativity in our community, as well as important skills that students will take with them into higher education and the workforce. Our aim is to unify guests from all backgrounds through the transformative power of art. Another way we do this is by exposing our audiences to contemporary artists and their work through exhibitions, visiting artist workshops, and public programming. At WMA, we care about serving our community, and that means engaging with them in new, and meaningful ways. 

I hope you will join us this quarter to discover something new! New exhibitions open at Art After Hours on July 18 and include As Long as the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East, featuring photography by Carolyn DeMeritt; Sight Lines, which is a collaborative installation by artists Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn that explores the mediation of nature through the lens, the vehicle, and modern machines; In Flux, an exhibition of ceramic works by Jessica Smith; and a community photography exhibition, Operation Art, featuring images submitted by area military members and their families. Third Thursdays, our new extended-hours programming each month, will continue with Write Night and Screen on the Green. 

Carolyn DeMeritt, “Tecumseh Deerfoot Cook, Pamunkey Reservation, VA,” 1997

And, summer wouldn’t be complete without everyone’s favorite party – #theHOTTESTpartyoftheyear – Yard Party for Art on August 10. This year will feature four bands and performers from around the region – Fulton Lee, Love Moor, Carver, and Suaze – alongside unique art installations and demonstrations. We’ve added some new ticket packages this year, while supplies last, and don’t forget to grab your ticket to the Oasis Tent – it sold out last year!

The crowd at 2018’s Yard Party for Art

We’ve always got a lot going on at WMA and we’d love to see you soon, and often!

Best, 

Dana-Marie Lemmer
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.