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At NAEA, we strive to provide you with the tools to access information for all of your professional needs. We pursue a policy of Education, Communication, and Empowerment.


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?
A. 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. NAEA membership is on an individual basis. View membership types here. 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 colleges/universities/libraries/institutions directly or indirectly involved in art education. One individual is designated the contact and will receive 2 subscriptions to Studies in Art Education and Art Education. 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 members@arteducators.org 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 Preservice membership is not transferrable. Institutional membership is transferrable within the institution. If your school has an Institutional membership and the designated contact has left, contact NAEA Member Services at members@arteducators.org or 1-800-299-8321 to request a transfer.

Q. I see that a student ID is required to join or renew as a PRESERVICE member of NAEA. What does this mean?
A. To be eligible for Preservice 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: members@arteducators.org; 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 members@arteducators.org; 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: Your Digital Member ID Card is available 24 hours after you join/renew. It is located on your NAEA Profile. If you prefer to receive your ID card by mail, please email your request to members@arteducators.org.

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 email info@ftj.com; or on the web at www.ftj.com/NAEA.

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 members@arteducators.org 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 and Art Education. 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. Submit your P.O. by emailing it to finance@arteducators.org or fax it to 703-860-2960.

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. 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, view the NAEA Membership Refund Policy or visit the Membership page and look under Helpful Downloads.

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 Chapter Handbook & Resource Catalog for New Members for all forms and information. NAEA membership is required of all sponsors. Visit this page 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 this page to learn more about these programs. View the FAQ here.

Q: I am now retired. Can retirees continue their NAEA membership?
A: Absolutely! NAEA offers “Retired” membership for individuals who are retired and no longer professionally employed in the field of art education. Retired membership provides all the privileges of Active Professional membership. There are currently over 1,000 Retired members in our community!


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 Interest 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 of NAEA elected officers?
A: Each issue of NAEA News lists this information for elected officers as well as Interest 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: We no longer have a Fact Sheet, rather a Case Statement. Learn more about NAEA in the About Us section of the website.

NAEA National Convention

Q: How are NAEA National 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 under Helpful Downloads or you may click on the links below:
NAEA National Convention Themes & Locations
NAEA National Convention Program Coordinators

Q: My school is considering an Institutional Membership. Can more than one teacher submit a proposal for the NAEA 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 convention@arteducators.org.

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 NAEA National Convention? A: You can view them on NAEA’s Virtual Art Educators learning management platform.


Q: How can I submit an article for one of NAEA’s publications?
A: 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: 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 deskcopy@arteducators.org. 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.

Q: How can I obtain permission to reprint copyrighted material published by NAEA?
A: All requests to reprint/republish copyrighted materials published by NAEA are processed through the Copyright Clearance Center. You may direct inquiries to info@copyright.com or contact the Copyright Clearance Center’s customer service department at 978-646-2600. View NAEA’s Policies and Procedures.

Q: What are the subscription rates for your publications: Art Education Journal and Studies in Art Education?
A: Subscriptions are handled by Taylor & Francis. You can view subscription information and rates for each publication within the Research section of the website.

Q: I never received my subscription(s). How do I submit a subscription claim?
A: View NAEA’s 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 vary.

Q: I sent an address change to NAEA but did not receive my Art Education publication 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 that issue.

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

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 Jamie Klinger-Krebs, Publications Manager, at jklingerkrebs@arteducators.org.

Q: Where can I find back issues of your publications?
A: Currently, NAEA provides archived issues of Art Education, and Studies in Art Education online on the Taylor & Francis website. Please click on the individual publication links within the Research section of the website.
To access NAEA Advisory archives, please utilize the Search button in the top right section of any web page and search “NAEA Advisory”. If you have any questions about back issues or archived material, please contact Jamie Klinger-Krebs, Publications Manager, at jklingerkrebs@arteducators.org.


Q: Is your website secure?
A: Yes, the NAEA website is secure through an SSL Certificate. 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 webmaster@arteducators.org.

Q: How do I search for information on your website?
A: Utilize the Search box button located top right on each page within the website.

Q: Having trouble accessing e-Portfolios?
A: For general end-user support for Digication’s e-Portfolios, email
support[at]digication.com. 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, refer to the following documents: Digication Quick Start Guide | Digication e-Portfolio Help Guide


Q: What are the visual arts?
A: View NAEA’s definition of the visual arts.

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. Or pick up a copy of Peterson’s College Guide for Visual Arts Majors.

Q: I want to become a visual arts educator. How do I get started?
A: 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 want to pick up a copy of Peterson’s College Guide for Visual Arts Majors. Additionally, you could contact the NAEA Preservice Division, one of our state affiliates, and 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: View AEP fact sheet and consult an NAEA state affiliate.

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. The 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. Learn more on the NAEF web page. Questions? Please contact Kathi R. Levin, Program/Development Officer, at naef@arteducators.org.

Q: I have a research question. Who can help me?
A: 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?
A: Please submit your inquiry or proposal to info@arteducators.org and it will be routed to the appropriate staff person.

Q: How do I join your mailing list?
A: Please fill out the sign up form here to join on our email list, the best way to stay abreast of the latest news and developments within the organization.

Q: I want to purchase your mailing list?
A: Visit our advertising web page (see bottom of page). If you have questions, please contact Member Services at 703-860-8000 or e-mail listrental@arteducators.org.

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

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. Locate your state affiliate. The NAEA headquarters office does not handle registration for state conferences.

Q: My school is cutting our art program, what can I do?
A: Get the facts! Learn why a visual arts education is important. Visit the
advocacy section for resources. Also, acquaint yourself with the recent Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA). 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.

Q: Can I use the NAEA logo?
A: All text, original images, marks, logo marks and other content of the NAEA Websites (“Site Content”) are proprietary to the NAEA or used consistent with the owner’s permission or applicable law or regulation. Please refer to our Copyright Policy.