WMA’s Impact: Art + Empowered Conversation

Did you know visual art empowers people by making space for needed conversation?

Art helps us critically and creatively imagine our communities.1

Students recently experienced this kind of empowering conversation in action at WMA. During 17 summer field trips to the museum, 664 students took in Carolyn DeMeritt’s portraits of Native American tribe members as part of As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East.

The exhibition was a starting point for conversation about oral traditions, story-keeping, and identity. Students imagined their own roles as keepers of oral traditions, and shared ideas on how we can keep our own stories alive for future generations.

Curious to hear more on this topic from one of WMA’s corporate members? Mary Beth Maddox shares her experience with WMA and her thoughts on how the visual arts can act as a channel for community conversation and understanding in our October Corporate Member spotlight.
Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive Director


1“Arts + Transportation & Infrastructure” 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.

Email Educator Amanda Holcomb

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