WMA Re-Opening Information

Dear WMA Friends,

I hope this update finds you safe and healthy. It’s hard to believe that WMA has been closed to the public for two months to aid in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Although we seem to be in a state of flux hour to hour, day by day, the team at WMA remains hard at work developing new ideas to connect with you.

I know that during these past months of staying at home, many of you have been participating in our virtual programs for all ages. I share many thanks to our staff for their quick response to adapting to our interim circumstances, and developing and implementing these virtual opportunities to engage with the art, artists, and ideas of our time.

We know that the museum holds an important place in your lives, that we are a community anchor, and that you are awaiting the time you can return. Since our initial closure due to COVID-19, WMA has been hard at work crafting a safe strategy that puts people first, and that aligns with directions and recommendations from public health officials.

The decision of when we can safely begin implementing our reopening plan is complex and must take into consideration local conditions, the ability to secure adequate cleaning and disinfecting supplies, and other factors. In the meantime, we continue to refine our plans so that when we do reopen, you can be confident that we are doing so in a way that keeps you, our staff, and volunteers, as safe as possible. WMA will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local officials and recommend that face coverings be worn alongside social distancing guidelines when the museum reopens.

Our goal is to create a visitor experience that is centered on the highest quality works of art and an experience that is safe and accessible for everyone. Museums are places of contemplation, healing, and comfort in difficult times. At WMA, we believe in the transformative power of art, and that access to the arts is vital to the wellbeing of our community. We are eager to welcome visitors back, and at the same time, we aim to do all we can to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

At this time, we have not yet set a date for reopening to the public, but will plan to announce any new information and visitor procedures on WMA’s website and social channels as they become available. However, all programs, events, classes and workshops will be cancelled until further notice. To stay up to date with what we are offering, visit our website often at https://www.wiregrassmuseum.org/updates/.

We are aware that the museum experience will be different, but that doesn’t mean that it will be diminished. This has been an opportunity for staff to re-envision the visitor experience, prioritizing your enjoyment, comfort, and safety. WMA’s garden and galleries will open under suggested guidelines for social distancing and crowd size limitations. The museum’s education gallery and studio will remain closed until further notice.

All dates, plans, and policies are subject to change based on new information and guidance from public health officials.

We look forward to welcoming back our visitors once we are ready and able to do so safely. As we continue to refine our plans, please take a few moments to complete this survey so that we may prioritize the things that matter most to you.

We will continue to share our plans for reopening on our website at www.wiregrassmuseum.org and on our social channels. Please check back often and stay in touch!

 

All the best,

Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive Director and Curator

Frequently Asked Questions

When will WMA reopen?

WMA will reopen when state limitations are lifted, museum staff have time to implement appropriate safety procedures to protect visitors, and WMA’s leadership deem it safe and appropriate.

What is WMA doing to ensure the safety of staff and visitors?

The Museum’s staff and board has spent the past few weeks creating site specific safety and sanitation plans so that we will be ready to reopen, when it is safe to do so. On-site staff will practice social distancing according the CDC guidelines. Restrooms, elevators, doors, rails, handles, and other high touch surfaces will be disinfected multiple times per day. Staff will wear masks when interacting with the public and in public areas of the museum. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility.

Do I need to wear a mask when I visit?

WMA will follow guidance of the CDC and face coverings are recommended, along with social distancing from other guests in the museum. We thank you for wearing your mask to protect you, other guests and our team. We are happy to provide one for you if you don’t have your own.

Will summer art camps return this year?

All onsite summer art camps scheduled for June and July 2020 have been cancelled. However, museum staff are hard at work on exciting virtual experiences, and are using this time to prioritize community partnerships and access to the arts for those most in need.

What about Yard Party for Art?

We have decided to postpone YPA to 2021, and are disappointed that we will not be able to gather with you this year. It takes a full year to plan YPA, from booking music, developing one-of-a-kind art installations, and raising the money to make it all happen. Restrictions on gathering further complicate the event, and your safety is just more important than a party. But, we are working on what we think will be an exciting virtual alternative – look for more details on House Party for Art, coming soon!

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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