Letter from the Director – Summer

Dear Friends and Members,

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. As other organizations and businesses begin the process of reopening, WMA is doing the same. Although we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and visitors, we’re all eager to return to a sense of normalcy. Following the success of our first in-person event since COVID-19 temporarily closed our doors last year, One Night Only – our annual members only event – was a welcome change, and we enjoyed welcoming you all back to the museum.

At the writing of this letter, we are preparing for the return of Arty Pants for Toddlers, a weekly program for our youngest patrons and their families. We’ll also begin summer camps in June, which continue through this month. Expect them to be Dothan’s messiest camps once again! Fall will bring even more opportunities for classes and workshops for all ages.

We’re also opening new exhibitions this quarter. With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, WMA is paying close attention to our permanent collection with a series of exhibitions from our permanent holdings. Visitors will be able to explore selections made from a collection of more than 700 objects, held in the public trust. Our collection belongs to the community, to each of you, and For Keeps will showcase a range of work form the early twentieth century to the present. We’ll also be highlighting self taught artists from our collection, and rarely seen work by Alice Mason from the collection.

If that wasn’t enough, Nice Work If You Can Get Itexplores the dynamic private collection of an Alabama native. Have you ever been interested in starting your own collection? Take in the diverse works of art from across the country in this one-of-a-kind collection, and be inspired to support artists of your region, too. And stay tuned throughout the quarter for virtual artist talks, in-person workshops with artists from across the State, and new content on the museum’s free, digital app! And for those of you eager to meet your friends at the museum, Art After Hours is back – and it’s every month now!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at WMA soon, and often!

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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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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