WMA’s Impact: Art + Economic Development

Did you know the arts play a significant role in regional economic development?

The arts spark growth and innovation by creating a fast-growth, dynamic business sector; helping mature industries become more competitive; providing critical ingredients for innovative places; catalyzing community revitalization; and delivering a better prepared workforce.1

At the Wiregrass Museum of Art, we’re grateful for partnerships that value the role of art in cultural sharing, innovation and economic dynamism, and comprehensive community building. The City of Dothan’s recent budget cycle will provide annual appropriations to the museum for the next two years, which allows WMA to keep admission free for all daily visitors, create a platform for artists and creative expression, and sustain 17+ annual programs focused on lifelong learning. The museum’s presence in the Wiregrass boosts the region’s viability and visibility as a place for young and established professionals to live and work, and reinforces soft skills and workforce development by teaching creative and critical thinking skills through the visual arts.

Thank you to the City of Dothan , as well as our corporate, foundation, and individual supporters, for their leadership in elevating the role that the visual arts play in strengthening our regional economy.

Want to know more? Explore these ideas in a short video about the arts and economic prosperity here.


Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive Director

1 Waits, M. “Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design in Economic Development.” Community Development Investment Review, p. 21.



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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