WMA’s Impact: Art + Intergenerational Learning

Did you know the arts make every phase of life better and more fulfilling, and that learning through the arts has proven benefits for participants at all stages of life?

In early childhood, the arts can boost IQ and get kids school-ready1. For older adults, arts participation also leads to better physical and mental health, higher morale, lower risk of dementia, and better quality of life2. At the Wiregrass Museum of Art, we encourage lifelong learning through the visual arts at every age, and create a space for families to be inspired side by side.

Our visitors learn by exploring the museum’s exhibitions and by creating together through free gallery art activities. The young man pictured above was so inspired by his school field trip tour that he came back twice that week to share the museum with his family, bringing his mom one day and his grandmother the next. After the student led his family members through a tour of the museum, the family painted with watercolors in WMA’s garden.

WMA’s preK-12 field trip program builds a greater sense of ownership and belonging at the museum for students of all ages and backgrounds, and this active, intergenerational learning amplifies meaningful family and community connections through the arts.

Want to learn about art and create as a family? Mark your calendar to attend WMA’s next First Saturday Family Day on January 4th!


Dana-Marie Lemmer

Executive Director

1“Arts and Lifelong Learning.” 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.

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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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