WMA to host ALC workshop for teaching artists

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is partnering with the Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium to host a training workshop for artists who currently work in schools, and for those who may wish to. The workshop will be held at WMA on Saturday, May 14th, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s classrooms.

During the workshop, artists will explore school culture, collaborate with other artists, and role play school interactions to build a better understanding of how to apply their artistic practice in a teaching environment. The workshop will also offer opportunities to ask and answer questions about working in school settings, and to connect and network with other teaching artists.

“The Wiregrass is incredibly lucky to have many passionate and talented artists living in the area. Imagine if these artists were able to share their gifts and knowledge with area students in a way that enhanced the curriculum and aligned with state standards! This workshop aims to give artists the knowledge and confidence to take their practice into the K-12 classroom and WMA is thrilled to host this incredible opportunity,” said Brook McGinnis, WMA’s education director.

This workshop is a statewide pilot program launching first at WMA, and is open to artists living and working in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia who are interested in artist residencies in Alabama schools. Artists of all disciplines, including visual and performing arts, may register for the opportunity. There is no cost for this workshop, but registration is required and limited to up to 20 participants. Additionally, participants will receive a $60 stipend for their time.

“At the Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium, we are excited to partner with the Wiregrass Museum of Art on this workshop. WMA is a perfect setting for this facilitated conversation about working in and with schools because of the work they are already doing in this area and because we hope to inspire more collaborations between teaching artists and schools. This is the first of a proposed series of five such workshops across the state of Alabama,” said Randy Foster, executive director of the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts.

For more information or to register for the workshop, call Randy Foster with the Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium at 334-396-2432, or email at rfoster@asf.net by May 9th.

About Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium
The mission of the Artistic Literacy Consortium (ALC) is to provide fully funded, high quality, arts education that enlightens, inspires, and develops in every Alabama student the creative and innovative thinking necessary to ensure college and career readiness. The ALC is the first statewide initiative for arts education and is a collective impact effort that can only succeed with a robust membership of active and diverse stakeholders who wish to combine resources with the desired outcome of providing artistic literacy for every Alabama student.

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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