WMA’s Impact: Art + Access to Education

Did you know that the arts provide an open door to significant educational benefits and valuable life skills for students?

Students who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to graduate high school and college, vote and be highly engaged in the community, and have a stronger development of fuller and more empathetic perspectives on other cultures, other viewpoints, and civic identity.1
What happens if students don’t have access to the arts? And how do we ensure that students in the Wiregrass area have arts-rich experiences?


This month, with support from Wiregrass Foundation, WMA will continue its work to address inequality in access to the arts for area students through summer outreach programs. In an effort to follow health regulations and social distancing requirements, WMA is partnering with community organizations around the Wiregrass to provide high quality art supply kits and virtual instruction. This program will be provided to over 600 participating students, in continued partnership with organizations, like Boys & Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass, Hawk Houston Youth Enrichment Center, and the Dothan Housing Authority, among others. Kits provide printed art activities, lessons and plentiful supplies for students to keep, and are intended to stimulate creative learning at home over the summer months.

Community outreach — through virtual and kit equivalents for this year — is only a part of the work the museum does each year to provide greater access to the arts and eliminate barriers to arts participation. WMA gives students the opportunity to learn needed creative skills, experience cultural sharing, and have a more comprehensive educational experience year-round through workforce development programs like Out of the (Art) Box, as well as in person and virtual field trips, and creative digital resources.

The arts emphasize creativity and innovation, and especially in challenging times, arts organizations use these necessary skills to adapt, provide resources, and continue to address the important work of building equity.

Want to learn how arts and cultural organizations are adapting during this time? Read more about how museums and the arts sector are weathering the crisis and growing through it here.


Best,

 

 

 

Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive Director and Curator

¹ “Lifelong Learning” and “Education and Youth Development”. https://www.americansforthearts.org/socialimpact

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.