Stories from WMA

What a great week it’s been at WMA — and it’s not over yet!

WMA opened new exhibitions last night at Art After Hours, with exhibiting artists Sonya Yong James and Sarah Marshall in attendance. Each artist took the time to chat at length with the many guests and museum members about their work, and paid special attention to encourage area high school students to follow their own creative pursuits and pathways. WMA creates meaningful connections between our Wiregrass neighbors and artists through exhibitions, programs, and special projects throughout the year, and we’re grateful for all the special moments along the way — like when WMA Teens member Mylah met Sonya Yong James last night!

In addition to installing and opening new exhibitions this week, WMA welcomed daily visitors from across the region, including those who traveled for Art After Hours from Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Atlanta.

WMA’s team inspired lifelong learning through art with fun events, programs, and outreach to our local community, including…

⭐️143 students from Houston County Schools who came on educational field trips.
⭐️WMA’s professional development sessions for 27 educators at Hidden Lake Primary School.
⭐️Board and staff development and planning boosted team spirit.
⭐️WMA Teens collaborated at their meeting, appeared at Live at Lunch with WTVY, and are ready for the upcoming Teen Night event on Saturday, April 23rd.
⭐️Outreach artmaking events held with 50 senior citizens from Rose Hill Senior Center, and another with students and families with Dothan Montessori School.
We’re inspired by our community’s response to WMA’s packed calendar of learning, making, and experiencing art, and hope to see you at the museum soon. Stay tuned for scenes from Teen Night, and sign up for upcoming workshops and classes, too!

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.

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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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