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This fall WMA is looking to create its first ever teen advisory committee, WMA Teens!

We are looking for up to 12 area Juniors and Seniors who love art and the connections art can make in a community. This committee will work together to create and implement museum programming for teens, by teens. During this school year long commitment, committee members will learn all about museum operations from the WMA Staff and they will have the chance to meet with regional artists who can help guide them in their artistic pursuits post high school. The committee will also create, prep, and host two events for area teens, learning valuable skills such as budgeting, event planning, marketing/promotions, and project management. OH! And did we mention that there’s a $300 stipend for those who successfully complete the program?

THE DETAILS

  • WMA programming by teens, for teens.
  • Open to Wiregrass Area Juniors and Seniors. Looking for up to 12 for the first year. 
  • Participants will receive a stipend (planning work) and community service hours (working the events). 
  • Participants must attend all 14 monthly meetings: October-May; additional meetings possible closer to events.
  • Participants will learn about careers in art with presentations from museum staff and local/regional artists and creatives.
  • Participants will create and execute one teen–oriented program/event, inspired by our collection or works on display, each semester.
  • Participants are also charged with promoting the WMA Teen programming (distributing marketing materials, communicating with peers, etc.)
  • This is a yearly commitment though participants can be reappointed.  WMA Teens + one member of WMA will review applications and make selections for new members after the inaugural cohort is selected.

The 2021/2022 WMA Teens cohort has been selected after an application process, and updates on the program will be on the museum’s social media and blog. To apply for future years, click here.

WHAT SELECTED PARTICIPANTS WILL GAIN FROM THE EXPERIENCE

  • Experience in the art/museum industry
  • Skill building:
    • Event Management
    • Project Management
    • Marketing/Promotions
    • Leadership
    • Interpersonal and Professional skills
  • Sense of ownership in WMA’s vision to “inspire creativity to enhance the everyday lives of its community…” and mission to inspire “a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works.”
  • Community pride 
  • Financial support for students’ work

For further information, email Educator Brook McGinnis
or call (334) 794-3871 ext. 25.

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.

Email Educator Amanda Holcomb

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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