WMA to host Alabama arts education grant workshop

The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) will host a grant workshop session with the Alabama Arts Education Initiative on Saturday, August 6th at the museum from 10:00am until 1:00pm. The workshop will explore opportunities for schools to enhance existing arts programs or initiate new arts programs through Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grants. Through a line item in the Education Trust Fund Budget for Arts Education, public schools may apply for up to $25,000 to support arts education and/or arts integration. This session will discuss guidelines, timelines, and specifics of the grant application process with Andy Meadows, education specialist with the Alabama State Department of Education.

Andy Meadows will also introduce the artlook®Alabama system to attendees, a data collection portal for schools which includes a public-facing map and data dashboard which will allow stakeholders to search through the data. artlook® puts information in the hands of teachers, principals, arts organizations, foundations, corporations, and policy makers with the goal of increasing access to quality arts programs in public schools for every child, every chance, every day.

“There are great opportunities available for educators and schools to find funding for their arts education and arts education projects, and we hope this workshop will help connect our area educators directly to those. The arts are a crucial component of students’ comprehensive education experience, and we want to make every effort to ensure that those programs are fully resourced,” said Brook McGinnis, WMA’s education director.

Kaci Norman, arts in education program manager with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, will present opportunities for grants through the organization. Attendees will learn how to set up accounts within the online grants portals, and can ask questions of workshop presenters.

The workshop is free, and attendees or anyone interested can contact Brook McGinnis, education director at the Wiregrass Museum of Art at brook@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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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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