Wiregrass Museum of Art launches new community advisory committee

DOTHAN, AL – April 20, 2021 – Wiregrass Museum of Art invites residents of the Wiregrass region to become more involved in the museum’s planning through the launch of a new community advisory committee. The museum aims to deepen its understanding of its community’s needs through authentic conversation and participation and to infuse its day-to-day operations and strategic planning with member feedback.

Part of WMA’s aims to strengthen its commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, the advisory committee will assist the museum in becoming more responsive to the unique needs of our region community’s needs as it advances its mission. “Prioritizing diversity ensures that everyone is represented, and we need input from local residents,” said Mike Owen, WMA’s president of the Board of Trustees. The formation of this committee, along with ongoing staff and board professional development, has been made possible through an administrative grant award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

“This committee will bring intentionality and accessibility, opening an avenue for the community to share how they feel the museum fits into their lives, and to communicate what they want to see in the future. This committee will help guide the museum with their ideas so that we continue to move forward and provide the community with a place everyone can feel welcome and encouraged,” said Collins Trott, WMA’s vice president of the Board of Trustees and chair of the museum’s Long Range Planning committee.

WMA encourages anyone interested in this process to apply and anticipates creating a committee that is representative of the Dothan and Wiregrass area. Committee members will be asked to attend quarterly meetings, where they will provide feedback on current and ongoing museum initiatives, become ambassadors for the museum’s mission, and share their perspectives on issues and concerns within the Wiregrass region.

The committee will consist of 12 individuals, alongside museum staff, and meetings will begin in summer 2021 (July, October, January, April). Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2021, and the first meeting of the community advisory committee will be held on Tuesday, July 6th, 6-7pm.

Applications are available online at: https://www.wiregrassmuseum.org/community-advisory-committee/ under the Support tab, and are also available in person at the museum’s front desk. WMA is open to the public every Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

About Wiregrass Museum of Art

Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works. Since its inception in 1987, WMA has offered educational programs, nationally-acclaimed art exhibitions and community events throughout the year. Its Board of Trustees guides the long-term vision and strategic goals, while its membership, City and County support, and grant funding provide the resources needed to fulfill its mission.

WMA’s galleries are open to the public every Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. General admission is always free.

Lara Kosolapoff-Wright
Communications Manager, WMA
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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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