Letter from the Director – Winter 2022

The arts play a critical role in the well-being of our communities by driving economic growth, tourism, and quality of life for our residents. As the Executive Director and Curator at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, I believe that the arts are the great connector of people, places, and ideas, and my role is an opportunity to build connections across our local community in Dothan, as well as the State and region.

I see firsthand the positive impact that the arts have on the daily lives of our visitors, students, and community partners.  Alongside the 20,000 visitors each year that enjoy contemporary art exhibitions, programs, and events, over 5,000 students visit annually through school tours. I’ve seen artists on exhibit show up to these tours, connect with students, and instill in them the drive to be creative in their own lives. Students return after their school visits and often become the tour guides with their families. They know this museum belongs to them, and they feel pride in the art and culture they are exposed to because of WMA. 

The work I do with artists living and working in our State is some of the most rewarding, and the creative and financial support we provide to artists is returned ten-fold back into our Alabama communities. The arts are often viewed as a “nice to have” rather than a “need to have”, but I believe art is for everyone. It provides a sense of identity for our cities and towns, and provides a sense of place. Coupled with the strong and diverse body of artists living and working among us, Alabama can, and should, be a destination and resource for our economy to thrive.

 

Dana-Marie Lemmer

Executive Director and Curator

 

Published as a Guest Voice column for This is Alabama on Sunday, December 12, 2021 in the Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Mobile Press-Register.

 

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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