WMA’s temporary closure due to COVID-19

Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) today announced that, effective Tuesday at 5 p.m., the museum will temporarily close to the public to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

WMA is dedicated to the art, artists, and ideas of our time and believes that museums are places of reflection and inspiration, and play a critical role in supporting communities through crises. As a place that encourages community gathering, the decision to close was a difficult one. We serve a broad audience, and take our role in serving our vulnerable and at-risk populations especially seriously during this time.

We will continue to assess the situation daily and will share updates as they become available, including plans to reopen after April 4. Like many public institutions and museums around the country, we’ve been monitoring reports on COVID-19 from local, state, and federal sources. Though there are no confirmed cases locally at this time, it is in the interest of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and community that we’ve made the decision to temporarily close.

As an organization dedicated to increasing access to the arts, we encourage the public to use our online resources during this time, including our free app (iOS + Android), which features audio tours and video content for the public. We also have a number of educational resources available on our website including cross-curricular lesson plans and our Educator’s Lair blog which features weekly updates from our education team. While WMA is closed, our staff will be working to share art online, through our website, blog, social media channels, and more.

Our museum will maintain important security and environmental systems for the protection of the artwork. Staff will be working remotely, and can be reached with any questions or concerns by email. All employees will be paid during this closure.

We appreciate your support during this unprecedented time and are eager to welcome you back to WMA as soon as possible.

Best,

Dana-Marie Lemmer
WMA Executive Director

Canceled Events: In an effort to comply with CDC recommendations to limit gatherings over 50 people and to encourage social distancing over the next eight weeks, WMA will cancel public programs and events through May 9. This includes Art Talk, First Saturday Family Day, Screen on the Green, and Art After Hours. Patrons who have purchased tickets to classes, workshops, or tours can expect to hear from a WMA staffer about issuing refunds or credits for future programs.

For full details about changes to our calendar, please visit the museum’s website often: www.wiregrassmuseum.org.

For additional information on the coronavirus and the prevention of its spread, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website and the Alabama Department of Public Health’s website.

If you are an artist in need of resources, please visit Creative Capital’s list of resources here.

 

 

 

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.