WMA awarded $105,000 from The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

DOTHAN, Alabama – July 2, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received a multi-year grant award for operations funding totaling $105,000 from The Daniel Foundation of Alabama. The museum will receive $35,000 per year from the foundation for three years — 2019, 2020 and 2021.

WMA has previously received support from the organization for exhibitions and educational programming, but this is the first unrestricted award granted for the purpose of bolstering the museum’s annual operations, and will allow the museum to remain flexible and respond to the more immediate needs of the community through art and educational programs.

“The Daniel Foundation of Alabama sees the consistency of multi-year operational funding as an opportunity for the Wiregrass Museum of Art, as a major provider of arts programming in the region, to continue to focus on and strengthen the wide variety of programming the community has come to expect,” said Maria Kennedy, executive director of The Daniel Foundation of Alabama.

“Our hope is the dependability of this support over the next three years will provide WMA with the opportunity to consider programs or exhibitions that may have been out of reach without such a consistency in funding.”

Because of this operational support, WMA will continue to provide opportunities for artists — both emerging and established — to create and exhibit new and groundbreaking work. The award indicates The Daniel Foundations’s faith in WMA to fulfill its mission — to inspire a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts through accessible and innovative educational programs and the exhibition and collection of quality works of art — and to provide exceptional day-to-day experiences for a growing audience of visitors.

With the grant, WMA will continue to serve the Wiregrass community beyond its role as a visual arts museum, becoming a communal “third space” for citizens to gather beyond their homes and workplaces. The museum is committed to providing programs that respond to the needs of its regional residents, and flexibility in funding gives WMA more opportunities to do so, whether that is through response to an unexpected event or ongoing cultural needs. WMA intends for these programs to remind the community that the museum is an inclusive space for conversation and learning.

“Support towards the museum’s annual fund, rather than a restricted or program-based award, will allow WMA to remain flexible in our programming goals and to plan based on the evolving needs of our community. WMA values excellence and professionalism in all of our work, and we are grateful for The Daniel Foundation’s trust in us, and in their committing to a multi-year partnership,” said Dana-Marie Lemmer, director and curator of the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

In the last year, the museum hosted hundreds of children and their families for free art activities in the studio during the five days after Hurricane Michael struck the area, knocking out power to most of Dothan’s neighborhoods. And programming related to the recent WMA exhibition “Continuum: 1808 to 2017/ Goya to Erdreich” invited the community to participate in panel discussions, lectures, film screenings, and live performances in an effort to explore and discuss the topics of war, violence, racism, and nationalism addressed in the works on display.

WMA also invites guests to gather during its Third Thursday programming to share original writing during Write Night: Open Mic Night, or to just enjoy a free movie out in the museum’s garden during Screen on the Green. Both events are held quarterly.

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About the Wiregrass Museum of Art

The 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. Private tours with guided art activities in the studio can be arranged by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. For tour information, visit wiregrassmuseum.org/museum-tours.

About The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
The Daniel Foundation of Alabama’s mission is to strengthen communities within Alabama and improve the quality of life for citizens from all regions of Alabama. We believe this can be achieved through support of effective organizations that are focused on building a healthy and well-educated population, living in a vibrant community.

Contact:
Lara Kosolapoff-Wright
Communications Manager, WMA
334.794.3871, Ext. 27
lara@wiregrassmuseum.org

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.