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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.

Join us for the 4th Annual NAEF Fundraising Benefit Event

Design and Art: Perfect Partners to Change the World"
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
New Orleans Convention Center
(Location to be announced)

Design Thought Leader Toni Sikes
will share her ideas about the intersections of design, art, & community engagement


Today, business community leaders have come to believe in the power of design and art. Large artwork projects that pull together collaborative teams of designers and artists are raising awareness about environmental and social issues, the importance of innovation and creativity, and increasing community engagement and pride. What are the skills that our students need to participate in this brave new world?

This is a ticketed event, open to all NAEA Convention attendees.
Light Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $50
($40 tax deductible).
All proceeds will support the National Art Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.

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 Ruth Halvorsen Grantee Jay Linsenbigler

NAEF SHIP Grantee Janine Campbell
NAEF Research Grantees Juan Carlos Castro and Clayton Funk

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

NAEF Research Grantees Mary Erickson and Laura Hales
NAEF Teacher Incentive Grantee Betsy Logan
NAEF Research Grantee Pamela G. Taylor

Invest in Your Commitment to Arts Education 

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 in the spring/summer 2015. For reference, please review the 2015 Guidleines 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 August 2014)
NAEF Donor List (2014)

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.

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.

Invest in Your Commitment to Arts Education
NAEF Donor Commemoration Form
NAEF Planned Giving Program Prospectus
NAEF Brochure

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Kathi R. Levin
Program/Development Officer
National Art Education Foundation