Advocacy & Policy

NAEA Position Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in Visual Arts Education

[Adopted April 2014; Reviewed and Revised March 2017; Reviewed and Revised March 2022]

NAEA is committed to the important role of visual art education by providing and promoting more just, inclusive learning communities in local and global contexts, and encompasses and champions diversity as an integral part of the mission of visual art education. The mosaic of our global humanity is enriched and expanded by the inclusion of all peoples and cultures.

NAEA acknowledges visual art education as a cultural and social responsibility, in which educators and learners collaboratively explore, respond, respect and react to the values, practices and beliefs of cultures in a complex and multifaceted society. Recognizing that a multiplicity of perspectives fuels the practice of democracy and engaged citizenship, NAEA promotes a vision of equity, diversity and inclusion that empowers the full and just participation of all in programs, policy formation, and decision-making, making sure that all voices are heard. Visual art education should foster safe and brave spaces for discourse and freedom of expression through exploration of self and the lives of others, personal interests, and cultural heritage, and belonging through the visual arts.

NAEA encourages collective and deliberate efforts to identify and address both unintended and intended barriers arising from bias, discrimination, racism and systemic structures that limit diversity and inclusion within visual arts education. vision of diversity in visual art education supports socially just practices and policies that provide and promote increased awareness, understanding, and acceptance of individual and group identities that affect all human interactions.