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WMA Education Director to present at national ABLE Assembly Conference

Brook McGinnis, education director at the Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA), has been selected to present at the 2023 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference with The Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education (BIAAE), taking place April 21–23, 2023 at The Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her proposal for a 45-minute in-person workshop session, “What you CAN do! Creating Art with Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors” will be presented to in-person and online conference attendees.

This workshop will provide attendees with valuable information on the connections between art, artmaking, and care for traumatic brain injury survivors. WMA currently partners with the Alabama Head Injury Foundation to provide unique art interventions including hands-on art making, as well as access to galleries for reflection. The program takes place monthly and is part of the museum’s commitment to elevate art as a valuable tool in health and wellness programming.

Above: Brook McGinnis poses with two ACOM students and a AHIF patient during a meeting at Encompass Health


WMA also partners with Troy University’s nursing program, and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine to provide visual arts learning for future caregivers, by making connections between visual analysis, and the skills needed for comprehensive patient care through in-gallery experiences. WMA’s 2023-2025 Strategic Plan lists this work in health and wellness as a goal for advancement through strategic partnerships; the ABLE Assembly is an opportunity to present the museum’s work on a national level and to expand the museum’s reach in a crucially needed focus area of arts outreach, using gained insights from other workshops and presentations about best practices and new research to inform the museum’s decision-making for community engagement, visitor services, and educational offerings.Those interested in virtual registration for the conference can visit college.berklee.edu/able. For more information about WMA’s annual arts programming, visit wiregrassmuseum.org or call 334-794-3871.

This opportunity is supported by a technical assistance grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Above: AHIF participants pose in a group photo at Wiregrass Museum of Art during an in-person meeting
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