12 students. 3 artist mentors. 1 vision to change the world.

This spring, WMA will be thinking outside of the box and reimagining what Out of the (Art)Box could be. We are looking for up to 12 area junior high and high school students who believe in art’s ability and power to create a better world. There will be no teams competing against each other, but rather one big team working together to create a catalyst for change. Those chosen for this project will work with professional artist mentors and a local organization to amplify their message and encourage action for their cause through an art-based solution conceived and created by this team.

If this seems vague, it’s because we want YOU to shape this experience! What issues do you feel we need to tackle? What issues do you think art can address? How is the best way to accomplish that? YOU tell us!

Are you ready to think outside the box?


  1. Send us a statement that explains how YOU think art can effect change. Tell us what you’re passionate about. How can art solve problems? Make sure you tell us what high school or junior high you attend and your grade level.
  2. Include a letter of reference from a teacher/mentor. 
  3. Send your statement and your reference letter to BY DECEMBER 30th, 2020.

Applications will be accepted from November 2 through December 30. Selected applicants will be notified on January 7th.

Timeline: The creation process will take place through virtual weekly meetings beginning on January 25 with the final project debuting on February 26. Team meetings will be held virtually and, if needed, the final product can be created virtually as well. We are monitoring the COVID 19 situation and will proceed with everyone’s safety and health in mind.        


A statement explaining how you think art can affect change. 
What are you passionate about? How can art solve problems?

Name of junior high or high school you attend + grade level.

Letter of reference.
Typed recommendation from an art educator, teacher, or sponsor.

Convince Us
Be as creative as possible! This is the year WMA reinvents Art Box, and we need your ideas.

Send your statement and letter of reference (as separate attachments ) to

Out of the (Art) Box is sponsored by…


  • November 2, 2020 – Out of the (Art) Box application window opens.
  • December 30, 2020 – Out of the (Art) Box application window closes. Statement and reference letters must be sent to
  • January 7, 2020 – Notification of 12 selected individual participants.
  • January 25, 2021: Weekly virtual meetings with mentors begin.
  • February 26, 2021: Final Out of the (Art) Box project debuts.

For further information, email Educator Brook McGinnis
or call (334) 794-3871 ext. 25.

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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