VMFA Teacher Programs go virtual in Fall 2020! These offerings take into account that teacher resources will be limited this fall—AND that teachers will need extra support and encouragement! Programs will require registration, but will be offered on a “pay if you can” basis. VMFA workshops are aligned with Virginia’s Standards of Learning and model strategies for incorporating works of art into K-12 curricula. All VMFA Teacher Programs are suitable for recertification points.

Choose from two types of offerings:

VMFA Teacher Minstitutes: Meet, Learn, Create, and Communicate
These “minstitutes,” designed to promote connections with colleagues and innovative practices in challenging times, begin with a 60-minute Zoom session that introduces the theme and related resources. Participants then take part in a self-paced, small-group challenge related to the theme over the next three to four weeks. The minstitute ends with a final synchronous session in which teachers share insights and ideas. (Each session limited to 10 teachers.)

VMFA Webinars for Educators: What’s Going On?
These 50-minute webinars will focus on VMFA special exhibitions and trending themes that provide connections with the 5 C’s (Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaboration, Citizenship, and Careers).

Teacher Programs

Statewide Teacher Workshops

Teacher Programs & Workshops at VMFA


John Lewis and the Beloved Community, Group 1

Tue, Nov 3 & Dec 1, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

This Museum Teacher Minstitute, which is limited to 10 teachers, begins with a 60-minute ZOOM meeting in which participants explore works of art in the VMFA collection related to John Lewis, the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and the idea of the Beloved Community to which Lewis held fast throughout his life. After the initial session, small groups will have four weeks to use the resources developed for the minstitute as inspiration for authentic student projects. Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, will be available for Zoom check-ins by appointment throughout the minstitute. 

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10


John Lewis and the Beloved Community, Group 2

Thu, Nov 12 & Dec 3, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

This Museum Teacher Minstitute, which is limited to 10 teachers, begins with a 60-minute ZOOM meeting in which participants explore works of art in the VMFA collection related to John Lewis, the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and the idea of the Beloved Community to which Lewis held fast throughout his life. After the initial session, small groups will have four weeks to use the resources developed for the minstitute as inspiration for authentic student projects. Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, will be available for Zoom check-ins by appointment throughout the minstitute.

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10


Art, Monuments, and Memorials Revisited

Thursday, December 10, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

Join Celeste Fetta, VMFA Director of Education, for this What’s Going On? Webinar that considers the relationship of art, monuments, and memorials.

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10