WMA Teens Take Charge

WMA Teens, a new museum initiative for high school juniors and seniors, began their work this semester to create programs and events for teens, by teens for the current school year. Their bi-weekly afternoon meetings create a space for the group of 12 to plan, learn new skills, interact with guest speakers and teachers, share art, and work collaboratively on projects.

So far, WMA Teens plan to launch two major projects in 2022, one involving making art supplies more accessible to the community, and another event at the museum in April just for teens to attend. Both projects will be announced shortly through WMA!

The diverse group shares a common interest in visual art, and they have started a tradition in which they each take turns filling a page in a sketchbook between meetings. Art-centered activities like this one allow the students to share their individual talents and skills, while adding to a collective art project.

On December 9th, the group met with Dothan’s mayor, Mark Saliba, to share their thoughts, concerns, and hopes for their generation, and communicated their needs. “The group passionately and eloquently discussed issues they are grappling with on a daily basis, including the lack of art education in area schools as well as the lack of mental health resources. They also expressed their desire for individuality to be respected and celebrated. It was a productive exchange of ideas and, in the end, I believe the group felt that they had been seen and heard,” said Brook McGinnis, WMA’s education director.

“I really felt seen and heard throughout the duration of the entire meeting. I can tell that not only the mayor, but everyone else in attendance was keyed in to the conversation, even those who weren’t speaking. I tried to hit as many points as I felt needed attention brought to them, but there’s always room for improvement in such a large community of people,” said Mylah Scott, WMA Teens participant.

WMA Teens are:

Isabella Adams, Rehobeth High School
Lily Burford, Dothan High School
Olivia Crump, Providence Christian School, Treasurer
Gracie Exum, Ashford High School, Secretary
Shaleigh Gore, Houston County High School
Sarah Hall, Ridgecrest Christian School
Kayla Jennings, Dale County High School
Chloe Marvin, Dothan High School, Social Media Liaison
Memphis Mortimer, Home school
Mylah Scott, Dale County High School, Vice President
Katelin Selvage, Houston County High School, Historian/Photographer
Ariel Smith, Enterprise High School, President

Want to learn more about WMA Teens? Stay tuned for their social media takeover! Follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

WMA Teens is supported by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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