Stories from WMA

Students from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan, collaborated with WMA this month at Write Night: Open Mic Night, a one-of-a-kind event, as part of their student body’s Diversity Week activities.

ACOM students enjoyed exhibitions after hours, and gathered in the space to share their own cultural heritage and practices through musical and spoken word performances. Write Night: Open Mic Night is a quarterly program, and anyone interested in participating in November’s event can sign up to present through this link!


WMA provides a welcoming environment for students to connect with each other and the wider Wiregrass community, and ACOM students frequently volunteer and visit throughout the year. The museum provides an outlet for their creative expression, a respite from intense studies, and a connection to home through the visual arts and exhibiting artists’ shared experiences. And, the visual arts are a tool for building crucially needed skills for practitioners, like visual analysis and communication.


ACOM’s Art in Medicine Club, a group of over 100 students who are interested in the intersections of art, creativity and innovation, and medicine, collaborates often with WMA through volunteer opportunities and special events. To read more about this unique student group, catch up on a previous post featuring student Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky. ACOM and Southeast Health support the Wiregrass Museum of Art as Patron level corporate members.

Stay tuned this week for updates from WMA about its most recent events, The Glass Pumpkin Party and The Pumpkin Patch, a free family art festival!

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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