Out of the (Art) Box is an innovative variation on WMA’s popular public installation challenge. Teams of high school students (grades 9 – 12) will create original installations using movable “boxes.” Students are challenged to completely transform their material and think outside of the “(art) box.” The completed “boxes” will be created at the museum over a two-day period and then displayed in the museum galleries throughout the month of March, Youth Art Month. The winning team will receive a donation to their school’s visual art program.

This year’s Art Box theme follows the Alabama Bicentennial theme for 2019, Sharing Our Stories.

We tell stories to develop EMPATHY, to preserve TRADITION, to embrace our HUMANITY, and to build COMMUNITY. How does art help us share our stories? In keeping with the spirit of Alabama’s bicentennial celebration, how can art communicate the stories of the Wiregrass?

Join us for the opening reception of Youth Art Month on Thursday, February 28 (5-7 p.m.) to see the work of these talented artists and learn which team will take home $500 for best installation, to be used for their school’s art programs! The reception is FREE and open to the public.


Number of entries
Enter only one (1) Letter of Intent per school.

Mini-Installation: This installation should encapsulate the theme Community Stories. The installations may or may not be in “box” form (“box” can mean many things!). Installations should not exceed 12″ x 8″ x 5″.

Team size
Each team must have no less than four (4) members and no more than six (6).

Completed installations will be on exhibit in WMA’s galleries for the duration of Youth Art Month; March 2019.


School/Teacher Info
Name of school along with name and email of teacher mentor.

Team Info
List of students on team. Include name, e-mail, mailing address, phone number and grade.

Written or typed recommendation from an art educator, teacher, or sponsor.

Convince Us
Reason why your team should be picked. 30 words or less. Be as creative as possible!

Mail or bring installations to WMA, 126 Museum Ave., Dothan, AL 36303. Written material can be emailed to


  • February 2nd: Mini-installation drop-off artwork deadline*
  • February 4th: Notification of selected teams
  • February 22nd: Day 1 of competition, 9AM – 6PM
  • February 23rd: Day 2 of competition, 9AM – 5PM
  • Thursday, February 28th Opening Reception, 5PM – 7PM
  • Saturday, March 30th YAM Exhibition closes
  • April 6 – April 13th* Final pick-up of selected artwork**

*Drop-off/pick-up artwork during WMA business hours:

Wednesday through Friday 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Saturday 10:00AM – 3:00PM

**WMA is not responsible for artwork that is not claimed by the final pick-up date. Unless arrangements are made to pick up the installation, the work will be dismantled and recycled.

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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.

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.