About Us

Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators.

Shaping Human Potential

Members include elementary, middle, and high school visual arts educators; college and university professors; university students preparing to become art educators; researchers and scholars; teaching artists; administrators and supervisors; and art museum educators—as well as more than 54,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society. We represent members in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, U.S. Possessions, most Canadian Provinces, U.S. military bases around the world, and 25 foreign countries.


The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.


Students of all ages benefit from comprehensive, balanced, and sequential learning in the visual arts, led and taught by qualified teachers who are certified in art education. Art educators meet ethical and rigorous standards of excellence in preservice preparation, ongoing professional development, pedagogy, and inquiry in the field. School-based visual arts instruction surpasses national, state, and local standards and is enhanced through access to art museums and other community resources. The power of the visual arts to enrich human experience and society is recognized and celebrated throughout the world.

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

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