Stories from WMA

This month alone, 200 young students have been enjoying summer art camps and programs at WMA, learning and developing skills through hands-on artmaking, with many more to visit in July and August!

Camps like ‘Read a Little, Art a Lot’ and ‘Mixed Media Mayhem’ gave little learners a chance to explore art mediums and fresh ideas each day during the week, and encouraged their imagination and creativity in a fun classroom full of new friends.

Kids from the Ozark Boys & Girls Club, the Dothan and Enterprise Martial Arts Academy, and the Migrant Program with Slocomb Elementary School arrived at the museum’s doors ready to see exhibitions and learn about and through art. Each student that visits loves their time getting messy in the Studio, and has fun talking about works on display with their group while touring the galleries.

In the last few weeks, WMA staff have been busy reinstalling works from the museum’s Permanent Collection in the Entrance Galleries, including new acquisitions. Our staff, docents, and volunteers take time with each visiting group to slow down and explore these objects; this experience helps students understand the importance of art in everyday life, and how artists and their works tell stories and bring people together. Don’t let these students have all the fun – visit soon to see Selections from the Permanent Collection for yourself, and find your own summer source of creativity and innovation at WMA!

Summer outreach programs and camp scholarships are supported by a grant from Wiregrass Foundation. Scholarship seats are still available for select camps in July. For more information, visit the link here or call WMA at 334-794-3871.

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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