Stories from WMA

WMA brings in visitors of all ages to learn from and enjoy art in our galleries, and this month, we welcomed a very special group from a fellow nonprofit organization here in Dothan, Vaughn-Blumberg Services, which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities.

Visitors from Vaughn-Blumberg Services have visited WMA for many years, but this was the first return visit after a COVID-related hiatus. Their group enjoyed a tour with staff, who guided them through exhibitions, stopping to talk about art on view from the museum’s Permanent Collection, and in ‘B22: Wiregrass Biennial’, and ‘Mary Ann Sampson: Puppets and Poetry’.

Each visitor in the group received a free art kit to take home, with art supplies and guided art activities to explore their own creativity and self-expression. Art kits are also a great way for visitors to share their museum experience with friends and family at home, building a sense of ownership and community belonging to their arts participation.

At WMA, inclusion matters, and our team works to accommodate groups of every ability and disability, from the gallery to the studio. Our staff, volunteers, and docents take thoughtful and trained approaches to making sure everyone can experience and learn from art. We look forward to seeing our friends at Vaughn-Blumberg Services soon on their next monthly visit!

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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