Attendees enjoy artmaking at Art After Hours in October 2019.

WMA’s Impact: Art + Civic Dialogue

Did you know that the arts create opportunities for residents to become more engaged in their communities’ civic dialogue?

Specifically, participants in arts events, programs, and projects have more exposure to experiences that unite generations, bridge language barriers, and increase understanding and cultural sharing1. The arts bring us together.

At WMA, we’re actively engaging and connecting residents in the region by providing visual art experiences that spark conversation. Interactions between artists, residents, students, and families lead to authentic civic dialogue that addresses complex and relevant topics, like community health, education, voting, and racial justice. By cultivating a sense of openness to new ideas and respect for diverse perspectives, WMA builds community trust and provides a springboard for civic involvement and belonging.

During this time of extended physical distancing, WMA’s social media takeovers with artists, blog interviews, and virtual artist talks propel this type of community engagement forward in an online format. And, in the near future, WMA will continue to gather public feedback through a series of focus groups that will encourage civic dialogue and inform the museum’s long-term planning.

Follow along at the museum’s #wmaINSPIRED blog or on our Instagram artist takeovers, and join the conversation!


Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive Director and Curator

¹“Civic Dialogue.”



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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