Letter from the Director – Winter

Dear Friends and Members,

January marks a new year at WMA, and we have created a number of programs to inspire you throughout the year. From new exhibitions, to classes and workshops for all ages, and extended hours with Third Thursday every month, there is always an opportunity to enjoy the museum. Remember, WMA is a place to be inspired, to learn, and to gather as a community.

2019 also marks the state’s bicentennial year, something we’ve been preparing for for several years. In honor of the Alabama Bicentennial we’ve highlighted works from our permanent collection by Alabama artists and hosted special exhibitions like Museum of Wonder and Alabama Reckoner. This year, the museum will focus on the idea that art is a powerful tool for storytelling.

Semiotic Compass, our 2019 exhibition in honor of the bicentennial, is a collaboration between Alabama artists and designers that hopes to encourage conversation among strangers, and it was the basis for our new website StoriesOfTheWiregrass.com. We are inviting you to visit this site to share your own story with the community by writing a story or memory, or submitting a photo, video, or audio file. These stories will be archived long after the bicentennial, allowing future generations an opportunity to learn from our present-day storytellers.

Many of our exhibitions this year will also feature opportunities to share personal stories and memories through programming. While our work takes us across the Southeast region, it is our local community that we are invested in, providing over 17 art programs each year for area residents, and their families and friends. If you’re interested in sharing a story with us (anything!) feel free to reach out for more information.

And, whether you want to lose yourself in the artwork in our galleries, engage in meaningful conversations during a public program, or enjoy a quiet moment in the garden, I hope a visit to the Wiregrass Museum of Art is part of your new year.

All the best,

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.