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Wiregrass Museum of Art receives grant from Wells Fargo Foundation

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Apr 11 2017 8:42 AM

DOTHAN: The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support its First Saturday Family Day program. 

First Saturday Family Day is one of the longest-running art education programs at WMA, and money from the grant will be dedicated to continue its offerings. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the day includes a free, come-and-go art activity in the museum's studio for children and families from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Activities change each month and expose participants to a wide range of mediums and techniques.

WMA has partnered with several local organizations to provide additional activities some Saturdays, including visits from the Dothan Houston County Library System's bookmobile and the Wiregrass Humane Society. The museum also offers gallery activities for families to explore exhibitions together, allowing children to interact with and interpret the art on display on an age-appropriate level. 

The First Saturday Family Day program provides a venue for inter-generational learning and encourages regular museum attendance. With limited resources for arts education in area schools, First Saturday also provides additional opportunities for students to have hands-on experience in the visual arts in a relaxed and fun environment.

Melissa Rea, Development Director of the Wiregrass Museum of Art, commented on the importance of the grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

"We're thankful for the opportunity to continue this popular program for our community with the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation. First Saturday Family Day continually brings in new visitors to the museum, and it's encouraging to see people of all ages learning and creating together in our studio."


Paula Beck, Wells Fargo Community Affairs Manager added:  "Wells Fargo is proud to support the Wiregrass Museum of Art in providing free access to arts education for the entire family through the First Saturday Program. Experiences like this help enrich the Dothan area community in so many ways." 

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