WMA awarded $50,000 from Wiregrass Foundation for tech improvements

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 12:42 PM CDT
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The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) just received a capital project grant award of more than $50,000.

The money came from Wiregrass Foundation. It will be used to upgrade technological capabilities, through new devices, wireless Internet connectivity and the in-gallery learning experience.

"Wiregrass Foundation believes that WMA's tech project will invite all of us to experience art in new and exciting ways," said Barbara Alford, president of Wiregrass Foundation.

WMA will use a portion of the grant award to purchase touch-screen devices for in-gallery learning and extended interpretation of works on display; improve WiFi capabilities for visitors, especially low-income residents from neighborhoods surrounding the museum; improve creative content for WMA's annual schedule of programs through the development of in-house design software; and expand the availability of devices for artists, K-12 students, and interns.

The museum will also develop expanded interpretive components of exhibitions, including elements such as artist interviews, videos, interactive feedback mechanisms, and and links to other museum collections.

"We are always looking for ways to make our work more accessible, and we're looking forward to providing guests an elevated experience at the museum through expanded content in the galleries that will better connect them to the art and artists we work with," said Dana-Marie Lemmer, WMA's director and curator.

Tech improvements at WMA will also include new ways to capture visitor information used for outreach and evaluation of existing programs; the implementation of a technology system to better sustain and secure data, including visitor and donor information and more adaptive tools for special learning groups.

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