WMA’s Impact: Art + Technology

Arts organizations overwhelmingly agree: Technology and social media have made art a more participatory experience, and have helped make art audiences more diverse1. What happens when technology and social media are the primary ways to engage with art?


WMA is responding rapidly to offer its community ways to engage with, learn from, and connect with other people through visual art during the COVID-19 crisis. Over the past few years, the museum has worked strategically to strengthen its capacity to serve its broad audiences through technology — from interpretation in galleries, to understanding our visitors, to adapting traditional museum offerings to give students the skills they need in the modern, evolving workplace.

During this time, WMA understands the increased need for technology in the artistic space. What was once described as distracting and detrimental to social well-being and community connection is now essential to keeping us in touch with each other. We’re here as a resource for the Wiregrass and beyond, and we’re actively adapting every aspect of the museum’s work to bring you more opportunities to stay connected in meaningful ways through art.

Want to see first-hand how technology helps you participate in art, community conversation, and self-expression? Download WMA’s app for iOS + Android, follow along on our social media channels, and forward resources to friends and family today! We look forward to bringing our community closer together through this time through art.


Best,

Dana-Marie Lemmer
WMA Executive Director

1.Thomson, K., Purcell, K., & Rainie, L. (2013, January 4). Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies. Pew Research Center. [https://www.americansforthearts.org/node/100688]

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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