WMA’s Impact: Art + Advocacy

Do you know how your advocacy for the arts affects funding opportunities for artists and students at WMA?

Learn more about WMA’s impact in our region this month, and join WMA’s efforts to advocate for the arts by participating in Arts Advocacy Day with us on March 31st!


In 2020, WMA will support 49 artists and 30+ high school students through federal funding appropriated for the Alabama State Council on the Arts through the National Endowment for the Arts. This funding supports artist exhibition opportunities by removing artist fees for B20: Wiregrass Biennial and making participation in the arts accessible to a broader audience.

Additionally, WMA’s Out of the (Art) Box program for area high school students received support from this grant federal funding, and benefits the Wiregrass by increasing opportunities for area students to gain workforce development skills. Students in this program work collaboratively within a two-day competition to create art installations for display in WMA’s Youth Art Month exhibition in March, and hone written, oral, technical, and artistic skills that they can take into their daily life and careers.


Be an advocate for WMA and the role the arts play in elevating the Wiregrass region as a place for cultural sharing and lifelong learning. You can advocate by writing an email to your local, state, and federal representatives or by using a pre-addressed green postcard in WMA’s lobby. Tell them why the Wiregrass Museum of Art is important to you and why they should vote to support the important role of the arts in our region.

Stay tuned to WMA’s social media for fun ways to share your support for the arts and WMA this month!

Best,

Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive Director and Curator

 

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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