WMA Reinvigorates Collection with Spanish Language and Photo Labels

WMA has recently launched a new initiative to make its Permanent Collection more accessible for its visitors. Labels for Permanent Collection objects, located in its Entrance Galleries and on long term display, now have added interpreted text in Spanish, and have provided photos of the artists whose works are displayed.

These labels allow visitors and residents whose primary language is Spanish to experience the artworks’ interpretive and contextual information in a clear and direct way. In Houston County, Spanish is the language most frequently spoken by non-English speakers. These labels will assist Spanish-speaking ESL students on field trips, and will be a benefit to visitors and residents who are learning the language. WMA partnered with local Spanish language professional Patricia DeVane to translate and interpret the labels.

Photos of the artists on labels provide additional historical context, giving museum visitors a sense of the artists’ background and, often, their personality. “WMA’s permanent collection belongs to the public, and as such, we are excited to offer expanded access and additional methods of engagement in order to be more inclusive and to reach our entire community,” said Dana-Marie Lemmer, WMA’s executive director and curator.

This reinvigoration of the museum’s Permanent Collection was supported through a $25,000 grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, which provided funding for collections-based exhibitions and artist programming in 2021. Supported exhibitions currently on view, in addition to those on longer-term display in the Entrance Galleries, include, ‘For Keeps: Selections from the Permanent Collection’ and ‘Self-Taught’, which will run through September 25th. ‘Alice Mason: Prints from the Permanent Collection’ will be on view through December 31st.

More information about the museum’s collections and exhibitions can be found at https://www.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.

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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