Statement from WMA on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

WMA values the safety and well-being of our visitors, and we make every attempt to keep the museum open and accessible to all. It is for this reason that we are carefully monitoring the news about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we have begun to implement safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the possible spread of the disease. Below you will find more information on current museum hours, upcoming events, and the proactive measures we are taking in response to these public health recommendations.

Hours of Operation

WMA will remain open to visitors during normal operating hours, listed at wiregrassmuseum.org. However, our goal is to act with prudence and caution in regard to visitor safety, which is why we continue to monitor the updates and recommendations of federal, state, and local authorities about the impact of the virus on our community.

If it becomes necessary to change our operating hours, we will provide notification on our website and via social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). If you have questions, please call WMA at 334-794-3871 or email info@wiregrassmuseum.org.

Upcoming Events and Programs

SPECIAL STATEMENT ON SCREEN ON THE GREEN: WMA is committed to the well-being of our community, and in an abundance of caution, the upcoming March 13, Friday event for Screen on the Green has been cancelled.

Our annual program sponsor, Southeast Health, encourages our community to practice healthy habits to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. We are grateful for their continued support, and look forward to offering the other planned film screenings throughout the year.

Other programs and upcoming events are currently scheduled to take place as planned. However, WMA is implementing flexible refund policies should classes, workshops, or special events be postponed or cancelled, or if any visitor or student is unable to attend due to illness or concern over their health.

Safety During Your Visit

WMA will continue to maintain its high standards of cleanliness throughout all of its spaces. We have also installed additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum, which we encourage all guests to use during their visit, and we have increased daily cleaning of high-traffic areas and common surfaces.

Other safety recommendations from public health authorities include the following:

— wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water after visiting
    public spaces or sneezing/coughing
— if soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer
— if you are sick, stay home
— avoid contact with sick people
— avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.)
— avoid handshakes and hugs
— cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow

For additional information on the coronavirus and the prevention of its spread, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

Thank you for your understanding as we implement these necessary measures.

 

 

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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