Letter from the Director – Winter

Dear Friends and Members,

Like me, I’m sure many of you are glad to see a new year. 2020 was a challenge for many of us personally, and we experienced our own trials at WMA. Through temporary closure, adjusted hours, new operational models, and the innovation of technology, we prioritized the people of this community and created new opportunities for connection and engagement. We still supported artists and created powerful interactions with art. And while this quarter is met with continued disruptions, we remain committed to serving the public in the best ways possible.

When you visit the museum this quarter, you’ll learn more about our organization through exhibitions of our diverse permanent collections. Ranging from the early twentieth century to the present, work in the museum’s collection is the foundation of our exhibitions and public programming schedule. We interpret and expand on themes and ideas from our collection to bring unique and innovative experiences to you throughout the year, which provides a comprehensive platform for artists working in the Southeast.

You can also expect that the museum will continue offering virtual programs for the community. This includes virtual tours and field trips for Dothan City Schools, as well as professional development opportunities for area teachers via online platforms. And we’ll continue hosting artists in person and online. Our virtual visiting artist series has seen participants from New York, California, Texas, and Kentucky, among a broad representation from Alabama. These programs allow a deeper understanding of the art on exhibition at WMA, connect audiences directly to artists, and provide a built in archive for future generations that may want to revisit today’s activities. In that spirit, we will be showing a selection of work from the artists working out of the Sloss Metal Arts program at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. Handcrafted cast iron work will provide a look into a highly skilled art form being practiced right here in Alabama.

We’ll also be launching a reimagined Out of the (Art)Box program for middle and high school age students as part of our Youth Art Month celebration. Art has the power to transform communities, and WMA is challenging a group of students to do just that. They will be paired with professional artists, experienced in social practice, and will be encouraged to tackle a challenge they see in our community or world. I hope you’ll encourage them to imagine and experiment as they work together to change the world! To learn more about this program, click here.

You can also expect that the museum will continue offering virtual programs for the community. This includes virtual tours and field trips for Dothan City Schools, as well as professional development opportunities for area teachers via online platforms.

And we’ll continue hosting artists in person and online. Our virtual Visiting Artist Series has seen participants from New York, California, Texas, and Kentucky, among a broad representation from Alabama. These programs allow a deeper understanding of the art on exhibition at WMA, connect audiences directly to artists, and provide a built in archive for future generations that may want to revisit today’s activities.

As we continue to move through uncertain times, we are so grateful for each of you who have continued to support us during this time. Whether making a donation, visiting the museum, joining an online class, or sharing your experience of WMA with your friends, we couldn’t do this without you. You can count on WMA’s staff and board to continue working through disruptions with an eye on the future, and an eye on our community.

All the best,


Dana

 

 

 

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

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