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National Art Education Foundation
As an independent, philanthropic organization, NAEF assists with efforts to represent the teachers of art in America, improve the conditions of teaching art; promote the teaching of art; encourage research and experimentation in art education; sponsor institutes, conferences, and programs on art education; and publish articles, reports, and surveys about art. The Foundation has supported 267 projects since its inception in 1985. NAEF funding supports a wide variety of professional activities, including research in art education, scholarships for professional development, 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; and purchase of art equipment and/or instructional resources.
The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) annually invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants, Mary McMullan Grants, NAEF Research Grants, SHIP Grants, and Teacher Incentive Grants. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category.
The Foundation was established as an independent, sister organization to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to provide support for a variety of art education programs. Foundation grants are made only to NAEA members, including student and retired members, state/province associations, and recognized affiliates.
Featured Grantee Summaries
NAEF Mary McMullan Grantee Borim Song (Greenville, North Carolina)
Project Title: Exploring Artistic Innovations and Traditions through Service Learning: Bridging North Carolina Visual Arts and Korean Cultural Heritage
NAEF SHIP Grantee Emily Thomas (Montgomery, Alabama)
Project Title: A Camera for a Photography Class
NAEF Research Grantee Leslie Gates (Millersville, Pennsylvania)
Project Title: Postmodern Art Education and Student Learning
NAEF Research Grantee Karen A. Heid (Columbia, South Carolina)
Project Title: Handheld Art Assessment
NAEF Mary McMullan Grantee Tabi Eberhardt
NAEF Mary McMullan Grantee Lynette K. Henderson
NAEF Teacher Incentive Grantee Samantha Melvin
NAEF Teacher Incentive Grantee Angela Winters
NAEF Research Grantee Patty Bode
NAEF Research Grantee Kerry Freedman
The 2015 Grant Program Deadline (for Project Year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) was October 1, 2014. The 2016 Guidelines will be released late summer/early fall 2015. For reference, please review the 2015 Guidelines below.
• NAEF Grant Guidelines for October 2014 (NAEA Research Agenda referenced in Grant Guidelines)
• 2014-2015 NAEF Grant Recipients
• NAEF Grants Program Calendar
• NAEF Donor Commemoration Form
• NAEF Planned Giving Program Prospectus
• NAEF Brochure
• NAEF Board of Trustees (as of April 2015)
• NAEF Donor List (2015)
Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants: Scholarship support of projects focused on understanding, implementation, and issues specifically relating to the National Visual Arts Standards and support the improvement of the teaching of art. Annual scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to selected art educators whose proposals focus on these objectives.
Mary McMullan Grants: Projects that promote art education as an integral part of the curriculum in elementary and secondary schools, as well as higher education. These grants focus on projects that promote art education as an integral part of the curriculum and establish and/or improve the instruction of art in public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as schools of higher education. Proposals are limited to a maximum of $2,500 per grant.
NAEA Research Grants: Major grants supporting research that advances knowledge in the field of art education and that promulgates the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century. Amounts up to $10,000 will be awarded to selected art educators whose proposals specifically focus on issues relating to one of the recommendations identified by NAEA’s Commission on Research.
SHIP Grants: Funds given to art educators whose proposals seek art equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources used to focus on student learning specifically related to the National Visual Arts Standards. Annual awards up to $500 each will be awarded to selected art educators whose proposals meet these guidelines.
Teacher Incentive Grants: Grants are given to projects that promote the teaching of art. Teaching of art includes, but is not limited to the instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, classroom behavior, management, or discipline, or other practices relating to instructional interaction and the achievement of student learning. Proposals are limited to a maximum of $2,500 per grant.
CONTRIBUTE TO NAEF
Donate today and make an investment in the future of visual arts education. Your contribution will help provide professional development for art educators, classroom supplies for innovative projects, curriculum development for art classrooms, and ground-breaking research in visual arts education.
Please make a commitment to the advancement of visual arts education by contributing to the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF). NAEF acknowledges all donations. Donors can expect an automatic acknowledgement for online donations. All donors, including those submitted donations online, along with membership dues, or through check by mail, will receive a separate letter of acknowledgement in the month following the donation.
Kathi R. Levin
National Art Education Foundation