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Q. Who can be a member of NAEA?
A. NAEA members include visual arts teachers, scholars, researchers and professors, students, administrators, art museum educators, retired art educators, non-art educators, and artists.

Q. Why should I become a member of NAEA?
In this increasingly global, visual age, it is important to be connected to your colleagues and the latest developments in visual arts education. As an NAEA member, YOU ARE CONNECTED! You become part of the only national, professional organization established exclusively for visual arts educators. View the complete list of member benefits.

Q. Does my organization join NAEA, or do I join as an individual?
A. Active, Associate, Retired, First Year Professional, and Student Membership is on an individual basis. Multiple staff of one organization must hold individual memberships. You hold the membership, even if your organization pays for your membership and even if you decide to leave the organization.  Institutional Membership is intended for organizations; one individual is designated the main contact to receive member benefits including 2 subscriptions to Studies in Art Education, Art Education magazine, and NAEA News. Membership is transferable within the institution.

Q. Is my membership renewal due on the anniversary of my join date, or is the membership term based on the calendar year? Do I pay the full amount of dues for the first year, or a prorated amount?
A. NAEA membership is on an anniversary cycle; therefore, your membership term is for one year beginning on the day you join NAEA and ends on the last day of the previous month. For example, if you join on May 25th, your membership will be valid through April 30th of the following year. Individual members have individual renewal dates. Therefore, the amount for your first year of membership is the full dues amount.

Q. May I pay for two separate memberships at one time?
A. Yes, simply complete a membership application for each member you are applying for. If you prefer to complete the memberships online, you must create a unique login for each member and join online separately.

Q. Can I pay for multiple years of membership?
A. Yes, simply indicate that the dues are for two or more years on the membership form. If you prefer to complete the membership online, you must add the Member Type to the shopping cart twice. You may also contact NAEA Member Services by calling 1-800-299-8321 to pay for multiple years of membership.

Q. I've left my current position and will begin work at another organization. Can I keep my membership?
A. Yes, your membership follows you even if your organization paid the dues. When you begin your new position, please update your member record online or contact NAEA Member Services at or by calling 1-800-299-8321 to update your contact information.

Q. A member of our staff has left the organization. Can we transfer the membership to our new staff person?
A. Active, Associate, Retired, First Year Professional, and Student membership is not transferrable. Institutional membership is transferrable within the institution. If your school has an Institutional membership and the designated contact has left, simply contact NAEA Member Services at or 1-800-299-8321 to request a transfer.

Q. I see that a student ID is required to join or renew as a STUDENT member of NAEA. What does this mean?
A. To be eligible for student membership, you must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student. Verification must be provided to NAEA in order to activate membership. Send verification of full-time student status to:; fax: (703) 860-2960; or mail: 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Q. How can I locate my Member ID number?
A. There are three ways to find your Member ID: 1. Login to your NAEA Member Profile;
2. Send an e-mail inquiry to; or 3. Call NAEA Member Services at 1-800-299-8321.

Q: If I join NAEA, when may I expect to receive my first magazine?
A: Allow 30-60 days from the time your membership is processed to the time you receive your first publication. Remember, your membership is processed in the month that NAEA receives payment.

Q: I just renewed my membership, when will I receive my new ID card?
A: Please allow up to 4-6 weeks to receive your new ID card in the mail.

Q: Does NAEA offer insurance to its members?
A: Yes. NAEA offers its members the Educators Insurance Program at a discounted rate through Forrest T. Jones & Company. You can contact Forrest T. Jones & Company at 800-821-7303 (toll-free), via e-mail at, or on the web at

Q: I didn't realize that my school had already sent my membership payment when I recently paid my dues. Now I have made a duplicate payment. What will happen?
A: Membership is automatically extended to the next anniversary date. Refunds are granted only upon request.

Q: Why do membership fees vary among state/province associations?
A: National dues are the same in all states and provinces. Most state associations, however, maintain a dues collection arrangement with NAEA. In these states, NAEA collects both state and national dues. Members pay a combined state/national fee. Since state associations determine their own dues portion, amounts will vary from state to state. Once a month, NAEA returns to the states the portion of the dollars collected for state dues.

Q: I teach K-12. In which division do I belong?
A: Select the division where you spend the most teaching time or the division whose support you believe would be most beneficial to you. Declaring division affiliation is important so that you can participate in an information network as well as receive valuable resources designated for particular teaching levels.

Q: I live in one state and teach in another. May I belong to both state associations?
A: Most members opt for the state in which they teach. If your state preference differs from your mailing address, be sure to alert NAEA Member Services by e-mailing or calling 1-800-299-8321 so that your record reflects the state in which you seek membership.

Q: My school is considering an Institutional Membership. Can we send three teachers to the Convention under the umbrella of that membership?
A: One teacher from your school will be considered the designated contact. The designated contact will receive all of the benefits of membership except the right to vote or hold national office. The designated contact will receive the member registration rate for the Convention. Additionally, the designated contact will receive 2 subscriptions to Studies in Art Education (a $40 value), Art Education magazine, and NAEA News (a $100 value). Institutional membership is transferrable within the institution.

Q: My school will pay for my membership but the business office requires billing before payment can be made. Does NAEA send invoices?
A: If your school sent a purchase order requesting membership, NAEA will send an invoice; however membership will only be initiated upon full payment. Please make certain that the members name, address, and finance office contact name and email address are clearly designated on the P.O.

Q: I am an artist as well as a teacher. How will NAEA membership contribute to my artistic growth?
A: National and state conventions offer lectures and demonstrations by renowned artists like Christo, Sam Gilliam, Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago, and Jesus Moroles. There are local artists' workshops and seminars as well as opportunities to examine art galleries and museums of the host city.

Q: Does NAEA provide any benefits or services to my state association?
A: Each month updated membership rosters are sent to all membership-contracted state association leaders. These reports include a roster of all current state members, all new and renewing members for the month, and all members who expired that month, among other detailed reports. We also collect state dues eliminating the need for them to handle this themselves and rebate the states’ portion back to them at the end of each month. We look forward to offering additional services in the future.

Q: Does NAEA have a refund policy for memberships?
A: Yes, please click here to view the NAEA Membership Refund Policy or visit and look under "Related Links".

Q: Do NAEA members receive any special discounts?
A: Yes, NAEA members are eligible for special discounts. Receive substantial savings on the National Convention, subscriptions to Studies in Art Education, subscriptions to Arts Education Policy Review, group Insurance Programs, NAEA publications, and advocacy items.

Q: How do I start a National Art Honor Society chapter in my school?
A: Refer to the NAHS/NJAHS Application Handbook for all forms and information. NAEA membership is required of all sponsors. Visit NAHS Link for detailed information.

Q: I want to learn about the National Art Honor Societies and/or have a general question about the NAHS/NJAHS programs. Where can I find this information?
A: Visit NAHS Link to learn more about these programs. View the NAHS FAQ online or download a PDF of the FAQs.  

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Q: As an NAEA member, where can I voice a problem, suggest a policy change, or a new program?
A: You have at least 10 contacts for communicating your needs: your regional Vice President; your National Division Director; your three NAEA Presidents; your regional Division Director; your state/province representative to Delegates Assembly; any Issues Group to which you belong; the National Office. See Board of Directors.

Q: How are members of the Board of Directors elected?
A: A call for nominations is printed in NAEA News, which explains the process. The nominating committee assembles a slate of individuals most qualified for each office. In late fall, instructions for voting online are sent to all members eligible to vote. President-elect and National Division Directors are elected in odd-numbered years; Vice Presidents in even-numbered years. Directors and Vice Presidents serve two years while Presidents serve a total of six years. See Governance Structure.

Q: Who is eligible to vote?
A: All members may vote except Institutional members and Associate members.

Q: Who is eligible to hold national office?
A: Any member who meets the criteria listed for each position in the NAEA Officer, Division Director, and Vice President Handbook. This information is available to members online or upon request.

Q: A member of my state association is running for national office and supporters want to campaign for the candidate. Are there any restrictions?
A: In the interests of equity for all nominees, NAEA prohibits organized campaigning for nominees. Some state associations may be better able to afford campaigning costs than others, thus putting nominees from less affluent areas at a disadvantage. Biographies and vitae of all nominees are circulated to voting members through the election ballot and is posted on NAEA's website so that an informed electorate is possible.

Q: Where do I find the names and addresses of my elected officers?
A: Each issue of NAEA News lists this information for elected officers as well as Issues Groups chairs and regional representatives in the bi-monthly columns by officers. All national elected officers are also posted on the NAEA website. See Board of Directors.

Q: What is the relationship between college/university Student Chapters and NAEA?
A: NAEA encourages the formation of Student Chapters to encourage a high standard of quality art education on campus and in the community and to provide students with a smooth transition from art education preparation to professional practice. NAEA student membership is strongly encouraged and sponsor membership is required.

Q: Do you have a Fact Sheet?
A: Yes, click here. You can also view it in the About Us section of the website.

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Q: How are Convention sites selected?
A: Sites are rotated around the country to make access easier for members. Cities are chosen based on local hotel accommodations such as the number of sleeping rooms, the available meeting and exhibition space, and of course, the cost to members. Air traffic flow into the city plus local resources like museums and architectural interests also influence the choice.

Q: Where can I find information about the titles and locations of past NAEA National Conventions?
A: A historical list of locations and themes for NAEA National Conventions and a list of Program Coordinators can be found on our Convention web page (see sidebar).

Click here to view the NAEA National Convention Themes & Locations
Click here to view the NAEA National Convention Program Coordinators

Q: My school is considering an Institutional Membership. Can more than one teacher submit a proposal for the national convention?
A: Only the designated Institutional member can submit a proposal.

Q: I understand that NAEA doesn't offer honoraria to members who make convention presentations. Why is that?
A: First, payment would violate the terms of our non-profit status as expressed in the NAEA Constitution. Second, program selection is not a commercial enterprise. Proposals are chosen because they contribute to NAEA's mission of advancing art education through professional development. Over 2,000 proposals are submitted annually and less than half qualify. To be selected is an honor. Most importantly, however, payment would undermine the spirit of service and volunteerism which distinguishes our Association.

Q: Can I earn clock hours by attending sessions at the NAEA National Convention?
A: NAEA does not offer CEUs, as NAEA is not an accrediting agency. We will make available to you a Professional Development Certificate, which certifies your attendance and participation at the NAEA National Convention. Direct questions to

Q: I am filling out the Professional Development Certificate, and I do not know what my provider number is. What is my provider number?
A: You may not have one. To our knowledge, only New Jersey requires a Provider Number. Contact your local district or accrediting agency to determine if you need to include a provider number and what that number is.

Q: Where can I find videos from the National Convention?
A: You can view them on the NAEA Virtual Art Educators learning management platform (see NAEA National Convention section).

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Q: How can I submit an article for one of NAEA's publications?
A: News items for NAEA News may be sent to Articles for Art Education, Studies in Art Education, Translations, and the NAEA Advisory should be sent to the individual editors. See Writing for NAEA.

Q: Where can I obtain a catalog of NAEA publications?
A: Watch for the September issue of Art Education with its Resources listing of NAEA publications. See Resources Catalog.

Q: How can I obtain a desk copy to examine before I decide to purchase as a textbook for my class?
A: If you would like to examine one of NAEA's titles for possible adoption as a new textbook, the cost of your desk copy is refunded if you (or your bookstore) place an order for 10 or more copies within 45 days of your desk copy purchase. E-mail with the book title and Bookstore/Purchaser’s name and dates of purchase. NAEA will confirm the initial order and the Bookstore order, and mail a reimbursement for the initial invoice. If you prefer, you may fax the Desk Copy reimbursement request to 703-860-2960, Attention: Desk Copy.   with the titles you would like to examine. Include billing and shipping addresses. NAEA will mail your requested title(s) along with an invoice. You may fax requests to 703-860-2960, Attention: Desk Copy.

Q: How can I obtain permission to reprint copyrighted material published by NAEA?
All requests to reprint/republish copyrighted materials published by NAEA are processed through the Copyright Clearance Center ( You may direct inquiries to or contact the Copyright Clearance Center’s customer service department at 978-646-2600. For more information,
click here.

Q: What are the subscription rates for your publications: Art Education Journal, NAEA News, & Studies in Art Education?
A: Click here to view subscription rates

Q: I never received my subscription(s). How do I submit a subscription claim?
A: Click here to view the NAEA Subscription Claim Policy

Q: Are bookstores and universities eligible for "member" pricing when purchasing publications?
A: All university bookstores, resellers, and textbook brokers may purchase NAEA publications at the non-member rate. Bookstores, resellers, and brokers may be eligible for the member rate in two instances:  (1)  order is for a quantity of 10 or more of the same publication; and/or (2) order includes a valid member ID number. 

Q: Can I purchase additional copies or individual copies of Studies in Art Education or Art Education, the Journal of the National Art Education Association?
A: Yes. To purchase individual or multiple copies of a particular issue, please call Member Services at 800-299-8321 or 703-860-8000, Monday - Friday, 8:15am - 4:30 pm ET, as inventory levels will vary.

Q: I sent an address change to NAEA but did not receive two publications at my new address. What happened?
A: Since publication labels are printed 30-60 days ahead of the actual publication mailing, please allow sufficient time for the change to catch up with you. Your address change may have been received too late to process for those publications.

Q: How can I place an advertisement in your publications?
A: You can learn about our advertising opportunities here. If you have questions, e-mail

Q: How do I submit an article for inclusion in your publications?
A: If you are interested in writing for NAEA, please click here. If you have additional questions about our publications and the submissions process, please contact Lynn Ezell, Publications Manager, at

Q: Where can I find back issues of your publications?
A: Currently, NAEA provides archived issues of NAEA News, Studies in Art Education,  and NAEA Advisory online. Please click on the publication link in the left sidebar navigation of the Research & Knowledge section to locate the archive. If you have any questions about back issues or archived material, please contact Lynn Ezell, Publications Manager, at

Q: How can I obtain a single copy of an article from your publications?
A: We are happy to provide copies of archived articles to current NAEA members; and when the publication name, volume and issue number, or the article name and author’s name is provided. Please send an e-mail with this information to Lynn Ezell, Publications Manager, at

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Q: I cannot open your PDFs...all I see is code?
A: Our website is optimized to be viewed using Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, which represents the majority of our users. If you are using Google Chrome, you will not be able to view Adobe PDF content on our website and/or e-mail communications. There is a known incompatibility issue with Google Chrome and the Adobe Reader plug-in. Unfortunately, it is not something we can fix but do hope it gets resolved soon. You can read more at:

Q: Is your website secure?
A: Yes, the NAEA website is secure with an SSL Certificate for “”. netForum hosts NAEA's Online Store. Each page on the site is secure both internally and externally. In terms of network security, hardware has been completely upgraded as has the server infrastructure and intrusion detection software. There are two general indications of a secured web page:
1) Check the web page URL. Normally, when browsing the web, the URLs (web page addresses) begin with the letters "http".  However, over a secure connection the address displayed should begin with "https" - note the "s" at the end.
2) Check for the "Lock" icon. There is a de facto standard among web browsers to display a "lock" icon somewhere in the window of the browser (NOT in the web page display area!)
If you have questions, please contact

Q: How do I search for information on your website?
A: Utilize the Google Custom Search box in the top right area of the blue banner at the top of each web page.

Q: How do I perform an advanced search, like a phrase, on the website?
A: Enclose your search terms in quote marks ("). The website search engine utilizes Google Boolean operands (search terms).  

Q: Having trouble accessing the Classroom Gallery?
A: If you are having technical issues, please call Artsonia at 1-800-869-9974 or send an email to

Q: Having trouble accessing e-Portfolios?
For general end-user support for Digication's e-Portfolios, email This will take you to an automated ticketing system, which is handled by the support team daily. You may also call 1-888-342-3444 and press #3 for support. To learn how to create your e-Portfolio or to troubleshoot an issue, consult the following documents: Digication Quick Start Guide | Digication e-Portfolio Help Guide

Q: How are Monthly Mentors selected for the blog?
A: Each year, NAEA invites that year's award recipients to be guest authors for the Monthly Mentor blog. The NAEA Awards Program was created to recognize excellence in the many outstanding individuals, state/province associations, and programs of NAEA; to focus professional attention on quality art education and exemplary art educators; to increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education; to set standards for quality art education and show how they can be achieved; and to provide tangible recognition of achievement, earn respect of colleagues, and enhance professional opportunities for NAEA members. Occasionally, NAEA invites other persons to write for the blog based on their knowledge and expertise in the field.
Each person's qualifications are evaluated on an individual basis, but they must be an NAEA member in good standing and speak on topics that are of interest to the general membership. If you are interested in blogging for NAEA, please contact 

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Q: What are the visual arts?
A: Click here to view NAEA's definition of the visual arts. For additional information, visit the National Visual Arts Standards or discover the National Core Arts Standards.

Q: Where can I find information on art education programs? 
A: Contact the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, who
maintain a list of accredited universities and their programs, 703-437-0700 or

Q: I want to become a visual arts educator. How do I accomplish this?
A: You would probably want to earn some credits or have a background in art education, in order to be admitted into most college programs. The requirements will vary from school to school. View the Careers in Art & Art Education e-flyer. Contact the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, which maintains a list of accredited universities and their programs. You might also reach out to NAEA's Preservice Division or one of our state affiliates which would have specific information related to state requirements for visual arts educators. You may also want to pick up a copy of Peterson's College Guide for Visual Arts Majors. Lastly, consult the resources available for students at NAHS Link.

Q: I am interested in becoming qualified to teach Advanced Placement visual arts courses. Where can I find information regarding the requirements for an advanced placement visual arts educator?
A: Visit the College Board website.

Q: Where can I find information on becoming a nationally-certified art teacher?
A: National Board Certification is part of the growing education reform movement that is advancing student learning, improving teaching and making schools better. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met high standards through study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) offers certificates in Art in the following development areas: Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood & Art/Early and Middle Childhood. For more information, visit the NBPTS website.

Q: Where can I find information on state art teaching requirements? 
A: Contact one of NAEA's state affiliates.

Q: Can anyone nominate an individual for an award?
A: Any current NAEA member may nominate or be nominated for a national award. See Awards.

Q: How do I learn about and apply for NAEA grants?
A: NAEA administers grants through an independent, philanthropic organization, the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF), which exists for the benefit of NAEA members. Since the Foundation's inception in 1985, the projects of over 236 members have been made possible through NAEF grant programs. NAEF funding supports a wide variety of professional activities, including promotion of art education as an integral part of the curriculum; establishment and/or improvement of art instruction in public and private K-16 schools; promotion of the teaching of art through activities related to the instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, classroom behavior, management, or discipline; purchase of art equipment and/or instructional resources; and research in art education. Additionally, the NAEF provides professional development scholarships. Please note that deadline for most programs is October 1 of each year. NAEF grants are for research or for professional development for certified arts educators who are members of NAEA. You can find more information about NAEF and the grant programs here. If you have questions, contact Kathi R. Levin, Program/Development Officer, at

Q: How do I learn about and apply for art education grants?
A: As we know, there are very few funders who provide funding support for preK-12 school arts programs. Possible funders or agencies that may provide further information/recommendations include:
1. Your State Arts Agency (i.e. State Council on the Arts)
2. Your State Department of Education; Contact the Director of Arts Education at your State Department of Education
3. Any local foundations or state foundations
4. Your local Target store which might fund your school program
Click here for Additional Grant Tips & Scholarships

Q: I have a research question. Who can help me?
Ask A Fellow. Make your question(s) clear and direct so they can be answered in a timely fashion. An NAEA Distinguished Fellow will address the specific question and then exit from the discussion. These collaborations are focused, functional, and temporary. Ask A Fellow is not intended for extended tenures, such as thesis or dissertation advisors or project collaborations.

Q: I am interested in partnering with NAEA on my upcoming project. How do I go about doing this?
Please submit your inquiry or proposal to
and it will be routed to the appropriate staff person.

Q: I want to purchase your mailing list?
A: Click here for information. Should you have questions, please contact Member Services at 703.860.8000 or send an e-mail to

Q: Where does NAEA stand on Certified Visual Art Educators in Pre-K through 12 School Settings?
A: View all of the NAEA position statements here.

Q: What is the recommended instructional time for visual arts?
A: Refer to the NAEA Standards. The NAEA Standards represent the professional judgment of the art education field about the characteristics of preparation programs that will enable all visual arts educators to provide high-quality art instruction for every student. The Standards apply to both elementary and secondary art teachers, as well as arts educators who teach in museums, early-childhood programs, and other community settings.

Q: How do I register for my state conference?
A: Please contact your state association. The NAEA headquarters office does not handle registration for state conferences. Find your state association here.

Q: My school is cutting our art program, what can I do?
A: Unfortunately, we are seeing these types of budget cuts and program cutbacks affecting visual arts education across the country. NAEA is out in the field bringing the importance of the visual arts to the forefront of the education crisis. Get the facts! Learn why a visual arts education is important. If you really want to get involved, begin at the local level. Summer recess lends itself to several opportunities for you to meet and reconnect with your elected officials about the importance of a whole child approach to education and improvements that you would like to see during their work to reauthorize ESEA. August is the perfect time to talk to your representatives and senators about this. Find out who your legislators are and send a letter to your policymakers today. Encourage friends and colleagues to take a minute to send a letter, too. NAEA is doing all it can at the national level and we support our state affiliates at the local level, but it takes every one of us--people--to really make a difference. That is why it more critical than ever that we continue to work together to promote and preserve the visual arts in our schools. Here are some links to resources:
NAEA Advocacy Resources
21st Century Skills Arts Map
Americans for the Arts - Arts Action Fund
The Whole Child

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