YPA 2019 is in the books!

Saturday evening, August 10th found WMA’s garden filled with hundreds of people enjoying live music, art demonstrations, amazing food, and the occasional cool breeze during Yard Party for Art, the museum’s annual one-night celebration of its mission to bring engaging art and accessible educational programming to the Wiregrass.

Love Moor (Birmingham, AL) performs for the crowd at YPA 2019
The crowd was treated to four incredible live acts, a virtual reality experience from local design and web services firm PushCrankPress, a glass blowing demonstration by Hot Glass Academy (Americus, Georgia), mystical “aura” photography by Charlotte Watts from Flora Aura Photography (Atlanta, Georgia), a beer tasting from local brewery Folklore Brewing & Meadery, delicious food from four local food vendors, and yard games — an event unlike any other in our community.

Suaze (Birmingham, AL) opens YPA 2019

A view of the crowd at YPA 2019

VR experience with PushCrankPress at YPA 2019

Carver (Nashville, TN) performs at YPA 2019WMA’s staff would like to thank the more than forty volunteers who made the evening so perfect. From setting up in the morning to breaking down in the evening, greeting guests at the gate and taking tickets, answering questions, handing out free water, and preparing and serving and array of gourmet treats for the guests in the VIP Oasis Tent, you made YPA a fabulous event for one and all this year!

Inside the VIP Oasis Tent at YPA 2019

Love Moor (Birmingham, AL) performs at YPA 2019
The museum also thanks the 41 sponsors, partners, and in-kind sponsors who made YPA possible again this year. WMA would not be able to host an event like Yard Party for Art without the support of our local business community. Thank you for once again helping us bring so many talented musicians and artists to Dothan to celebrate the arts and creative expression in the Wiregrass.

YPA 2019 sponsors banners

Stay tuned for details about YPA 2020, and in the meantime, check out the Happenings calendar to attend an exhibition opening, take a class or workshop from one of WMA’s art educators or a visiting artist, wander the galleries with your family, or catch a film under the stars out in the yard. And be sure to check out the benefits of becoming a museum member! We’d love to see you again soon — and often!

Members of Fulton Lee (Nashville, TN) perform at YPA 2019Glass blowing demonstration by Hot Glass AcademyFulton Lee (Nashville, TN) performs at YPA 2019

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.