Wiregrass Museum of Art receives proceeds from 31st annual Michelin Charity Golf Tournament

DOTHAN, Alabama – February 5, 2021 – Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is the recipient of an award totaling $33,100 from the Michelin North America Charity Golf Tournament, held annually in Greenville, S.C. The 2020 tournament was held virtually in October and raised more than $330,000, with proceeds supporting 10 charities in communities where Michelin employees live and work.

This is the second of three awards the Museum will receive from the annual tournament, with 2019’s proceeds to WMA totaling $77,469.

During 2020’s virtual event, Michelin business partners and suppliers tuned in to hear an update from the company’s leadership team and present charitable contributions, according to a news release from the company. Since 1989, the charity golf tournament has raised over $9 million dollars.

“Michelin appreciates the continued support for our charity partners, especially this year when help is needed more than ever before,” said Steve Jahries, vice president of purchasing for Michelin North America. “Although our tournament looked quite different than in previous years, we are grateful for our network of partners that have continued to make an impact on our communities through this event for more than 30 years.”

WMA’s portion of the proceeds will be used to support the Museum’s mission to inspire lifelong learning through the visual arts for Wiregrass residents and visitors. This charitable gift will allow WMA to continue to respond to the ongoing disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as strengthen operations, existing programs, and special projects at WMA.

In addition to its current exhibition and program schedule, the Museum will promote broader access and equity to the arts across the community, and will improve visitor experiences through technology. WMA will also use funds to continue its commitment to supporting pre-K-12 public education and providing lifelong learning opportunities for all residents of the Wiregrass.

“It’s incredibly valuable to receive multi-year operating support from organizations like Michelin. The kind of predictability this provides an organization allows us to remain flexible to the needs of the public, and resilient against disruptions,” said Dana-Marie Lemmer, executive director of WMA. “Support like this enables the museum to continue services without disruption.”

In addition to the Wiregrass Museum of Art, the beneficiaries from the 2020 event include Greenville’s Camperdown Academy, the Roper Mountain Science Center, Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands, Columbia, S.C.’s Fisher House for the families of injured veterans and The Nature Conservancy. Other charities benefiting were Ardmore Bridges Out of Poverty in Ardmore, Okla.; Louisville Urban League in Louisville, Ky.; New Directions Housing Corporation in Jefferson County, Ky.; and Stanly Health Foundation in Albemarle, N.C.

About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries.

Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.

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 founding in 1988, 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.

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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.

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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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