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The Value of Membership

Become part of the largest professional organization established by visual arts educators for visual arts educators!

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. NAEA supports visual arts educators to bolster your teaching, your career, and your creativity. NAEA resources, benefits, and opportunities are continuously created in direct response to the timely needs of art educators and your students.

Membership Categories

Active: For art teachers, directors of art education programs, or those engaged in pursuits closely related to the eld. Affords you all of the benefits of membership. Membership is nontransferable.

First Year Professional: For recent graduates entering their first year of teaching art. Valid for one year only. Affords you all of the benefits of membership except the right to hold national office. Membership is nontransferable.

Preservice: For undergraduate and full-time graduate students. Affords you all of the benefits of membership except the right to hold national office. Membership is nontransferable.

Retired: For retirees who have been a member of NAEA for a minimum of five years. Affords you all of the benefits of membership. Membership is nontransferable.

Associate Non-Art Educator: For school personnel not actively engaged in the teaching of art and for all those interested in art education. Provides most benefits, except the right to vote or hold national office. Membership is nontransferable.

Institutional: For institutions directly or indirectly involved in art education. Institutional membership provides all the privileges of membership except the right to vote or hold office. One individual is designated the main contact to receive 2 subscriptions to Studies in Art Education, Art Education magazine, and NAEA News. Membership is transferable within the institution.

The benefits of membership include:

  • Full access to exclusive members-only content on the NAEA website
  • Subscriptions to Art Education journal and NAEA News—NAEA’s premiere bi-monthly publications
  • Access to outstanding lessons, peer-reviewed for quality, relevance, and rigor through the Instructional Resources Gallery
  • Access to timely resources including the new National Visual Arts Standards that support teaching and learning
  • FREE Online Professional Learning Opportunities – gain free registration for NAEA’s NEW monthly webinar series. Access premier professional learning opportunities from anywhere in the world. Choose from a growing number of live and archived webinars, sessions, workshops, and more to create your ideal experience. Be informed and inspired by colleagues, artists, and experts offering programming that is 100% art education content that can be applied immediately to teaching and learning.
  • Discounts on NAEA National Convention registration fees and other professional learning events including SummerVision
  • Discounts on premiere publications and advocacy merchandise in NAEA’s Online Store
  • Connect with colleagues through the Member Directory, showcase your art through a complimentary personalized e-Portfolio powered by Digication, and/or display your students’ artwork in a Classroom Gallery provided by Artsonia
  • Eligibility for prestigious national awards and grants opportunities
  • Eligibility to establish a National Art Honor Society in your middle or secondary school
  • Discounts on a variety of insurance programs including Professional Liability Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Auto & Home Insurance, and Additional Plans & Benefits. Visit the Forrest T. Jones & Company website.

Member Testimonial

I became a member in 2001. Since then I have learned and grown as an art educator, brought varied learning to my students, and, not least, I had the opportunity to do my Master’s degree in Art Education. I learned about the course at the NAEA National Convention. I have also been fortunate to present several times at the Convention…I’m grateful to be a member of such an organization that is truly dedicated to making Art and Art Educators Matter. —Anita Bhatty, Balboa Academy, Miami, FL

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