Wiregrass Museum Received Grant

Wiregrass residents will soon be treated to hometown art that is going down in history.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is taking on a project to compile Wiregrass art through the ages. The project is gaining the museum praise from national organizations.

It is a 40,000 dollar project that will bring art throughout the Wiregrass to life.

"This has never been done before and it is important to document and appreciate what our ancestors have done in the area," said Deidre Frith with the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is just one of 16 museums across the nation chosen to receive the funding, among the others selected museums in cities like Chicago and Dallas.

It will allow museum workers to collect art forms unique to the Wiregrass to share with art lovers around the world.

Frith said, "Once the exhibition is up we encourage residents to bring what they think is art, quilts, late uncles painting, so it will be a whole collaborative effort to get the whole community involved."

The grant is intended to help promote the love art in both young and old alike.

"It's something you can give your children and they can take and come back to the museum and be reintroduced to year after year and generation after generation," said Alison Beeson with the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

The search for Southeast Alabama art forms will start in 2009 and then in 2010 the traveling exhibit will begin.

The wiregrass museum of art in Dothan is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.

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