Workshop Description

Economics and the Arts

Come explore how art explains economics, and economics explains art!

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Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education

Apr 09, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture
428 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Grade Level: Grade 5, High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 3

Artists have always examined the economics of the world around them. At the same time, economic conditions have always affected art. This session focuses on explaining the interrelationship of economics and the arts. Teachers will receive resources and teaching ideas for immediate use in their classrooms.

A special focus of this session is assisting teachers with how to discuss the economics of building a career with their students. For example, why do people value art? How is art different from other products? How is a career in fine arts different from other careers? How have artists understood economic problems in the past? Understanding economic concepts can help young aspiring artists make wise choices as they seek to share their craft with the community. While this session will be particularly focused for preparing teachers of fine arts (including music, theater, and creative writing) all teachers are welcome.

This session is hosted at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. It will include a gallery tour of the VMHC’s new exhibit: “Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia,” and insights from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts education staff.

Snacks will be included (enough to get you through until dinner). Free parking is available on-site.


Instructor: Stephen H. Day, PhD, Director
Contact Person:
Stephen H. Day, PhD, Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1628

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