National Art Education Association

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The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is a professional association founded in 1947. It is the world's largest professional art education association.


Founded in 1947, The National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle and high school art teachers, college and university professors and researchers, administrators and supervisors, museum educators and artists as well as more than 45,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society or are university students preparing to be art educators.

We represent members in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, U.S. Possessions, most Canadian Provinces, U.S. military bases around the world, and twenty-five foreign countries.


Mission: The mission of NAEA is to promote art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

Core Values: NAEA staff and members work to support professional growth, change, and leadership through:

  • Mentoring
  • Networking and collaborating
  • Participating in art education conferences
  • Developing and disseminating exemplary resources on art education
  • Building a professional community by contributing our time and talents to others
  • Valuing our diversity and committing ourselves to equity


The NAEA's annual convention attracts thousands of art educators and offers art educators a chance to network, establish mentor relationships, and attend professional development events.[1] The NAEA also gives awards for Art Educator of the Year at this convention.[2]

Along with the Art & Creative Materials Institute, in 1969, the NAEA began sponsoring March as Youth Art Month. Since 1984, Youth Art Month has been run by the Council for Art Education, Inc., which consists of representatives of the NAEA and other art associations.

As an advocacy organization, the NAEA speaks out in favor of increased funding for art education, and opposing cuts to art funding.[3]

The NAEA publishes two journals, Art Education and Studies in Art Education.[4]


  1. ^ Melissa Techman, "Art Teachers Bring 21st-Century Vision to 2010 Conference", School Library Journal, Apr. 20, 2010
  2. ^ See, e.g., "OSU educator honored", The Columbus Dispatch, Apr. 19, 2010, "Oregon's Best Art Teacher Selected from Bend",, Apr. 20, 2010, "UNT art professor wins national award", Denton Record-Chronicle, Apr. 18, 2010
  3. ^ See Susan Webb, "Emergency funding urged to prevent worst school cuts in 50 years", People's World, Apr. 21, 2010
  4. ^ Publisher Information from Jstor

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