WMA Participates in Geneva Program Outreach

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!

Amanda Holcomb
Art Educator

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.