WMA’s Impact: Art + Innovation

Did you know artistic innovation helps build equitable communities, gives people the tools to tell complex histories, and can help build more inclusive economies? By supporting artistic innovation, arts organizations can bring about positive social change.


Artists cultivate creativity and innovation within their artistic practices and share important stories through their artwork. Their use of these highly desired skills aids every aspect of daily life, and can build environments perfectly suited for project incubation, economic equity, and experimentation, like the national program American Arts Incubator.

It’s not just large organizations that can accomplish this type of support for artist innovation. This month, WMA will continue its commitment to support artists through B20: Wiregrass Biennial, available as a virtual exhibition later in July. Long-recognized as an opportunity for emerging and established artists to present new work, WMA’s biennial will give a platform to 39 artists across 11 states in the Southeast this year. Together with these artists, WMA will promote cultural sharing in the Wiregrass region and beyond, and is working to tell the story of the South — its past, present, and future.

Stay tuned for the launch of B20: Wiregrass Biennial, and learn more about the social impact of the arts from Americans for the Arts here.


Best,

Dana-Marie Lemmer

Executive Director and Curator

Featured image: Tra Bouscaren, Untitled, 2019-20, Salvage neon, metal, and styrofoam projection, mapped with an interactive multi-channel array of live surveillance video

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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