WMA hosts elected officials for Museums Advocacy Day

WMA celebrated Museums Advocacy Day on March 2nd, hosting area elected officials to learn more about the museum’s work and impact within the Wiregrass community.

Created by the American Alliance of Museums in 2009, Museums Advocacy Day has been a unique opportunity to unite museum colleagues and supporters from across the country as one voice to reaffirm their essential value, collective contributions, and aspirations while making the critical case for museums. WMA has participated in Washington, D.C. events in the past, advocating for the role of the museum directly to its Congressional representatives; this year, WMA designed an event for area City of Dothan and Houston County commissioners, and Dothan City Schools and Houston County Schools board members.  

Participating elected officials toured the museum with Staff, Board of Trustees members, and Community Advisory Committee members, and shadowed a Bus on Us field trip to see the museum’s education impact in action. Community Advisory Committee members shared their personal stories on how the museum’s presence brings needed social connection and cultural sharing, adding to the quality of life for area residents.

Many thanks to our local elected officials for their participation, and ongoing support of WMA’s mission and role in the Wiregrass region! 

Click on images below to read more about WMA’s impact in the Wiregrass and beyond.

 

 

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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