National Art Education Foundation

The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) invests in innovative initiatives to support instructional practice, research, and leadership in visual arts education. Learn more about applying for a grant or donating to NAEF.

Call for Nominations for NAEF Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the National Art Education Foundation is seeking nominations for one new trustee who will take office at the conclusion of the 2023 NAEA convention in San Antonio, Texas. Potential trustees should have a strong commitment to advancing the cause of art education and insights on foundations; they should be willing to work and to make financial contributions to NAEF.

Nomination deadline: February 15, 2023

Complete details are available here.

NAEF 12th Annual Fundraising Benefit Event

SAY SI – Transformative Change through Creative Youth Development

Jon Hinojosa_NAEF Fundraiser

Featured Speaker - Jon Hinojosa, SAY Si President and Director of Innovation and SAY Si Alumni

2023 NAEA National Convention, San Antonio, TX
Saturday, April 15, 2023
10:30 – 11:50am
Center/Meeting Room 006B/River Level

The Arts have a transformative power – they change lives.

National studies report that positive academic, behavioral, and social changes take place when young people are exposed to nurturing arts programs; SAY Si bears witness to that transformation every day. Its tuition-free programs serve urban youth of color in local Title 1 schools and yet its students surpass the graduation rate of their respective schools. In the last 23 years 100% of SAY Si’s students have graduated from high school and 98% have gone on to college; most are first generation college students.

Download the full description here.

This is a ticketed event, open to all NAEA National Convention attendees. Light Refreshments will be served.

Tickets: $60 ($50 tax deductible). To purchase admission to this event, please add it to your cart when registering for the 2023 NAEA National Convention. If you have already completed your registration, you may add a ticket to your existing registration by logging into your NAEA Member Account, selecting “Purchases,” and "Add a Session.”

NAEF Mission

The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) invests in innovative initiatives to support instructional practice, research, and leadership in visual arts education.

NAEF Vision Statement

As an independent, philanthropic organization, the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) supports a wide variety of professional activities, including support for visual art educators to participate in professional development programs; the promotion of visual arts education as an integral part of the curriculum; the exploration of new models of visual arts instruction in public and private K-16 schools; the promotion of the teaching of art through activities related to the instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, management, or discipline; the purchase of equipment and/or instructional resources; and conducting research in visual arts education. NAEF has supported 316 projects since its inception in 1985. NAEF is a sister organization to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and provides support for a variety of visual arts education programs for the Association and its members.

Program Information

The application deadline for the 2023 Grants Program closed on October 1, 2022.

Download the 2023 NAEF Grant Guidelines here.

Grant Recipients

View list of 2022 NAEF Grant Recipients for Project Dates: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Featured Grantee Summaries

View summaries of select NAEF funded projects.

Contribute to NAEF

Donate today and make an investment in the future of visual arts education. Learn more.

Support NAEF Through the Purchase of Art Magazines

NAEF Offer Postcard

NAEF’s partnership with F+W Media is expanding! Become a new subscriber to any one of five F+W Media art magazines and NAEF will receive a $5 contribution from F+W Media. Click here for more information.

NAEF Supports Black Lives Matter

The NAEF Board of Trustees supports the NAEA’s statement in support of Black Lives Matter along with resources to support a socially just art education. The NAEF affirms the NAEA statement by supporting the NAEA’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commission and by providing additional funding for the development of the Cultural Competency in Teaching and Leadership Development Program, now underway.

Click here to read NAEA’s statement and access additional resources.


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

Helpful Links

Art Education Research Institute (AERI)
NAEA Research Commission