Yard Party for Art returns to WMA on August 10

DOTHAN, Alabama – July 30, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce that Yard Party for Art (YPA) will return to the museum’s garden on Saturday, August 10, 2019. The annual, one-night art and music festival, billed as “the hottest party of the year,” will include a diverse lineup of live, original music from regional musicians,art demonstrations, an interactive virtual-reality experience, yard games, great drinks, local food trucks, and a chance to dance the night away in WMA‘s garden to support and promote the arts in the region.


YPA 2019 will feature performances by Fulton Lee (Nashville, Tenn.), Love Moor (Birmingham, Ala.), Carver (Nashville, Tenn.), and Suaze (Birmingham, Ala.). Lisa Sacaccio, morning anchor at local CBS affiliate WTVY-TV, will serve as the evening’s emcee.



Yard Party for Art will once again feature interactive art experiences and demonstrations on the museum’s grounds. Hot Glass Academy from Americus, Georgia, will demonstrate glass blowing techniques, and Charlotte Watts from Flora Aura Photography (Atlanta, Georgia) will offer free “aura photography” sittings.

Local design firm PushCrankPress will also offer a free virtual reality (VR) experience in the yard, merging art, music, and technology. Using a special VR headset, YPA guests will momentarily step inside a virtual, digital world populated by an animated landscape and creatures that respond to the live music being played during the event.

Semiotic Compass,” a public sculpture designed and constructed by two local artists that made its debut at Yard Party for Art 2018, will be on display at this year’s event and through the end of 2019 as part of WMA‘s observation of Alabama’s bicentennial year.

Flora Aura Photography with Charlotte WattsSemiotic CompassHot Glass Academy

“YPA is an experience-based event where our guests can engage with regional musicians and artists and have a one-of-a-kind virtual reality interaction. The combination of art, music, and technology this year expands WMA‘s efforts to promote our mission and to provide a platform that builds meaningful connections between art and community,” said Dana-Marie Lemmer, WMA‘s executive director and curator.


Dothan’s favorite food trucks and vendors, including Peckham’s Food TruckK.J.’s Shack, and Dothan Ice Cream, will provide crowd-pleasing snacks and dinner all evening long. Local microbrewery Folklore Brewing & Meadery will offer a tasting of their Pomegranate Wheat, a craft beer brewed especially for Yard Party for Art.

Cash bars featuring beer, wine, and mixed drinks will be located throughout the venue, with all proceeds from bar sales going to the museum. Non-alcoholic “mocktails” and sodas will be available, as well. WMA will provide free water to the crowd while supplies last.


View of the Oasis Tent from YPA 2018View from inside the Oasis Tent at YPA 2018


The Oasis Tent, the ultimate VIP experience, will return to YPA for a second year. Local pop-up restaurant Harley’s Landing will feature our region’s finest produce, seafood, and farm-fresh offerings through gourmet, handheld “bites” in a relaxed setting with a private bar and lounge seating close to the stage. Headland, Alabama’s Gibson Distilling will have a tasting table in the tent featuring several of their spirits; a signature YPA cocktail, the Grapefruit Cosmo, made with Gibson vodka, will be available in the Oasis Tent and at the main event bar.

Tickets for the Oasis Tent are $75 each. In addition to dinner, each ticket includes general admission to the event. Space is limited. Reservations for the Oasis Tent can be made online at YardPartyForArt.com and at the museum’s front desk.


General admission tickets for Yard Party for Art are available online at YardPartyForArt.com and at the museum’s front desk for an advance price of $15. Pre-sale general admission tickets will be available through August 9. General admission tickets will be $20 at the gate on the evening of the event.The Folklore Four-Pack ($45) includes one general admission ticket, two Folklore beers at the event, a bar fast-pass, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Folklore Brewing & Meadery. The tours will be held August 17 or 24 and will include a complementary tasting glass.

The patio at Folklore Brewing & Meadery

The #wmaINSPIRED Bundle ($55) includes a general admission ticket, a hand screen- printed YPA poster designed by Dothan’s PushCrankPress and printed by Hunstville,Ala-based Green Pea Press, a 2019 YPA t-shirt, and a behind-the-scenes tour of WMAbefore the event begins on August 10.


YPA special ticket packages can be purchased at YardPartyForArt.com. Quantities are limited for both.

“All proceeds from Yard Party for Art will fund WMA‘s year-round work and mission to inspire lifelong learning through visual art,” said WMA‘s development director, Melissa Rea.

“Each person who buys a ticket to enjoy the event is doing more than just supporting musicians and artists for one night — they’re helping to keep admission and almost all of the museum’s programs completely free of charge for our Wiregrass neighbors year-round,” said Rea.

Additional information

Yard Party for Art‘s gates will open at 6 p.m., and music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests must be 18 years or older to attend.

For more information, visit YardPartyForArt.com or call the Wiregrass Museum of Art at 334-794-3871.

Band and artist contact information available upon request.
Support for Yard Party for Art

Yard Party for Art is generously sponsored by JM Wood Auction Company, Inc.Five Star Credit UnionHarley-Davidson of DothanMcPherson Oil ProductsSlingluff United InsuranceTractor & Equipment Company, and Visit Dothan

Additional sponsorship is provided by Bob Woodall Air Care SystemsCoffman InternationalColeman AlliedCowin Equipment Company, Flint Equipment Company (Dothan)Liddon FurnitureOncology SupplyThompson Tractor of Dothan, and Wiregrass Electric Cooperative.

Yard Party for Art is also supported by Adams BeveragesCity of DothanDSI Security ServicesEast River TradingFolklore Brewing & MeaderyGibson Distilling, Harley’s Landing, HOTS Deli, Linens by David ParkerMatt Ray PhotographyMosquito Squad of the WiregrassThe PlantPortable Toilet ServicesThe RaqTriState Graphics, WTVY-TV, and Which Wich (Dothan).

About the Wiregrass Museum of Art

The Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works. Since its founding in 1988, WMA has offered educational programs, nationally acclaimed art exhibitions and community events throughout the year. Its Board of Trustees guides the long-term vision and strategic goals, while its membership, City and County support, and grant funding provide the resources needed to fulfill its mission.

WMA‘s galleries are open to the public every Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. General admission is always free. Private tours with guided art activities in the studio can be arranged by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. For tour information, visit wiregrassmuseum.org/museum-tours.

Lara Kosolapoff-Wright
Communications Manager, WMA
334.794.3871, Ext. 27



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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