As an educator, nothing makes me happier than being able to share my passion for art with students. While the galleries provide the ideal platform to show incredible artwork from astounding artists, not everyone is able to make the trip out. Thankfully, WMA is able to go outside our walls with outreach programs, including Artful Wonders in Geneva.
Artful Wonders Arts Program in Geneva is in its’ 10th year of offering the arts to elementary children. A program of Geneva Presbyterian Church run by Dee Koza, they partner with Mulkey Elementary and regional artists/organizations. The program is free-allowing some children an opportunity they would not be able to have otherwise. WMA has been very fortunate to maintain this relationship for many years.
“Our partnership with Wiregrass Museum of Art is a highlight of our Artful Wonders Year, and the children find themselves discovering that deep within them dwells artists. As one child said after being chosen to display his art at the WMA’s Youth Art Month exhibition, ‘I will always remember this night. It is the first time that I’ve felt important and special. I AM AN ARTIST AFTER ALL!’ We are so grateful for the wonderful outreach into the surrounding communities offered us by the Wiregrass Museum of Art, and especially our artist: Amanda Holcomb.”
People of Alabama came out to the museum during WMA’s Youth Art Month exhibition, where 8 students from Geneva have art on display in 2018. They were able to meet one exhibiting artist, Reagan Pettis, and featured her on their page!