WMA is recipient of funds from annual Michelin Charity Golf Tournament

Museum will receive more than $77,000 from this year’s tournament

DOTHAN, Alabama – October 15, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it was selected as one of ten organizations nationwide to receive proceeds from the 30th Annual Michelin Charity Golf Tournament, which was held October 7 in Greenville, South Carolina. WMA will receive tournament proceeds annually for a three- year period, with the amount determined by tournament proceeds in 2019, 2020, and 2021. This year, WMA will receive $77,469 and was the only arts organization selected to receive funding from the tournament.

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 strengthen operations, existing programs, and special projects at WMA. In addition to its current exhibition and program schedule, the museum plans to increase public programming that promotes access and equity across the community, to improve visitor experiences through technology, and will present community-centered events throughout the year. 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.

In addition to receiving proceeds from the golf tournament, WMA will showcase the mission of the museum at awareness events and volunteer opportunities every year during the annual tournament.

“WMA is grateful for this new partnership with Michelin and we are looking forward to the opportunities that proceeds will provide over the next few years. This partnership will allow the museum to plan for future sustainability for the museum, and to move closer towards our vision of providing equitable access to the arts across our region,” says WMA executive director Dana-Marie Lemmer.

WMA is supported through diverse public and private funding, including charitable giving from the regional business community through 22 corporate members. Arts and business partnerships promote innovation and creativity in industry, economic development and stability, and recruitment and retention of young and established professionals.

“We hope money raised will continue to enrich the communities in which Michelin operates, the same communities where our employees and their families live.  Each year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors and their willingness to support our selected charities,” said Mark Colby, Michelin’s purchasing manager of industrial supplies.

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 Michelin

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.

Contact:
Lara Kosolapoff-Wright
Communications Manager, WMA
334.794.3871 x 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.