WMA’s Impact: Art + PreK-12 Education

Did you know that a single field trip to an art museum can help students learn new skills?

A recent study from The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), shows that inquiry-based field trip experiences at an art museum help students learn crucial skills, like complex questioning, interpretation, and in-depth analysis, among other communication skills1.

WMA’s preK-12 field trip program, Bus on Us, helps area students gain these analytic and interpersonal skills, and inspires their creativity and innovation. The museum works closely with teachers and administrators to make field trips an extension of their classrooms, and encourages cross-curricular learning for preK-12 students that participate in this program each school year. With help from our members and supporting foundations, WMA eliminates barriers for Dothan City Schools and Houston County Schools to participate in this program by providing transportation reimbursement for 8 buses per each school, every year. This partnership has helped provide comprehensive educational experiences through visual art at WMA for more than 4,700 students since the start of the program in 2017.

Want to support creative learning as a Bus on Us docent, or shadow an educational field trip? Send a reply to let us know you’re interested in seeing students learn at WMA.

 

Best,
Dana-Marie Lemmer

Executive Director

1https://www.arteducators.org/research/articles/377-naea-aamd-research-study-impact-of-art-museum-programs-on-k-12-students

 

 

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.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.

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.