WE MADE IT THROUGH HURRICANE MICHAEL!

The Wiregrass Museum of Art made it through Hurricane Michael with very little damage and just a couple of days without power. The staff would like to thank the City of Dothan (especially for the generator to run portable dehumidifiers and fans in the vault), the utilities crews, the local media, and everyone who has reached out to us to help since October 10. All of the artworks in our care are in good shape, and the building is ready to open to the public once again this coming week.

Our thoughts are still with the whole Wiregrass community in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida — especially with those who are still without power and water, those without livable homes, and those who have lost everything. We are here to help in any way we can.

In an effort to help people in our community who are recovering from this devastating storm and for anyone looking for things to do while local schools are closed and power is still out, WMA will offer several special events this week.

WMA’s public hours will be extended this week to include Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Normal museum hours are Wednesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Free activities for families with children of all ages will be offered in WMA’s studio as follows:

Monday, October 15
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Paper marbling and making paper art and sketchbooks
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Pop-up art

Tuesday, October 16
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monoprinting with cut paper and nature elements
2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Yarn painting

Wednesday, October 17
10 a.m. -12 p.m. Galaxy canvas painting
2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Explosion books

Thursday, October 18
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3-D watercolor painting
2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Origami & symmetry studies

Friday, October 19
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Chalk pastel Northern lights
2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Bean mosaic art

WMA’s regularly scheduled Youth Art Class on Tuesday (4-5:30 p.m.) will be held as planned.

Art After Hours on October 18, which is normally free for members and $5 for not-yet members, will be FREE for everyone in our community. Come celebrate the opening of fall exhibitions with us, including Echoes: A response to objects in WMA’s permanent collection by the Alabama Women’s Caucus for Art and Ground Beneath My Feet – Collaborative Portraits with Visual Artists in My Hometown, featuring photographs of Alabama artists by Charity Ponter. Enjoy free snacks and water! Other beverages will be available for purchase, as usual.

Please remember that general admission to WMA is ALWAYS FREE, so drop in to see us soon. Bring a neighbor or friend who has never visited the museum before, or invite Hurricane Michael evacuees who are in Dothan to pay us a visit. We always have free gallery activities for children of all ages, as well as watercolor painting kits to use out in the garden while enjoying the beautiful fall weather that has finally made it to our city.

Have any questions? Give us a call at 334-794-2871 or send an email to info@wiregrassmuseum.org. We hope to see you soon at 126 Museum Avenue!

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.

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.