Youth Art Month 2021

March 3-31, 2021

Youth Art Month is a national, month-long celebration of student artists held each year in March, and WMA partners with elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the Wiregrass region to display student artwork in the museum. The exhibition is open to PreK-12 students from public, private, and home schools, and emphasizes the value of art and art education for all children, encouraging public support for quality school art programs.

In conjunction with Youth Art Month, WMA will once again host the 2nd Congressional Art Competition, open to all high school juniors and seniors in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. The winning piece from Alabama-District 2 will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from other contest winners nationwide. The 2nd Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent not only in our Congressional district but throughout the nation, as well. All winning pieces from each Congressional district will also be considered for selection as the National Congressional Art Competition winner.

We will also recognize another year of our popular middle- and high-school art challenge, Out of the (Art) Box, but with a complete reimagining of the program for 2021. There will be no teams competing against each other, but rather one big team working together to create a catalyst for change. A group of 12 area junior high and high school students who believe in art’s ability and power to create a better world will meet together virtually with three professional artist mentors to work alongside a local organization. The students will conceive and create an art-based solution to a problem the chosen organization is trying to address, amplifying the group’s message and encouraging action for their cause. Stay tuned to see what this new iteration of Art Box and these students will accomplish in our community!

WMA’s Out of the (Art) Box program has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, March 2nd
5pm • Video premiere on Facebook (@wmafan) and YouTube

The YAM exhibition will be open to the public for in-person visits, but the opening reception will move online this year. The opening will include a video celebrating our YAM award winners, a sneak peak of what our Art Box 2021 team is working on, and a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition.

Join us on Facebook Live and WMA’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, March 2nd, at 5 p.m. for the announcement of YAM awards, and experience the exhibition in person from March 3-31.

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

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