DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Two grants have been awarded to the Wiregrass Museum of Art for funding two art programs.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) has granted a total of $12,700 for the WMA teens program and the Visiting Artist Series.

The first award of $6,600 will support the WMA Teens, a program designed to provide art opportunities for teens in the Wiregrass. 12 students from the 10th-12th grade who have applied will be selected to participate in the program’s teen council for the 2022-23 school year.

Students that are selected will each be provided with a budget of $300 over the year to inspire their artistic practices and future career plans. The selected members will meet biweekly to plan programs or events at the museum to take place before the end of the school year in May 2023.

The museum will provide students with resources, funds, and guidelines to apply with limited staff/volunteer involvement. These programs or events may include teen-led tours, special events, exhibitions, and other ideas created by the group.

The goal is to help encourage and guide students toward careers and involvement in the arts. Last year’s group planned two projects: a Teen Night event and a Free Little Art Supplies Libraries at three locations across Dothan.

The museum’s Visiting Artist Series was also awarded $6,100 to support a variety of artist-based public programs, including artist workshops, talks, and demonstrations. This provides the opportunity for individuals of all ages to have access to visual arts learning and art-making with contemporary artists from across Alabama and the Southeast.

Artists are selected to complement WMA’s curatorial and collections work during the project period. This may include displaying artists, like Pinky/MM Bass and Carolyn DeMerritt, Heather Baumbach (Winner of the 2022 ArtFields exhibition prize at WMA), Mary Ann Sampson, Ann Trondson, George Jones, and many others. Additional artists for this series include Hot Glass Academy from Americus, Ga. 

We take pride in our commitment to support, both financially and creatively, the work of artists across Alabama and we’re grateful for ASCA’s continued support of WMA and our mission. WMA is especially glad to be able to extend this approach to our WMA Teens, who will not only gain valuable skills during their time on the Teen Council, but will learn the value of providing a wage to arts for their creative labor.

Dana-Marie Lemmer, the museum’s executive director and curator

Project grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts require matching funds from beneficiary organizations. Donations, individual/corporate memberships, and assistance from the City of Dothan and Houston County Commission will provide support and promote the museum’s mission year-round.