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.
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; 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 365 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. NAEF shares NAEA’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and encourages the submission of grant applications by all eligible NAEA members, especially those who are members of historically marginalized groups.
The 2024 NAEF Grant Guidelines will be posted here in Summer 2023.
The deadline for application will be October 1, 2023.
The NAEF Board of Trustees has announced the 2023-2024 Grant Awards. This cycle was very competitive, with nearly twice the number of applicants. View the list of 2023 NAEF Grant Recipients for project dates: July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.
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’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
National Art Education Foundation
Art Education Research Institute (AERI)
NAEA Research Commission
- NAEA Research Agenda (PDF 187 KB)
- NAEF Donor Commemoration Form (PDF 289 KB)
- NAEF Planned Giving Prospectus (PDF 748 KB)
- NAEF Giving Postcard (PDF 167 KB)
- F+W Media: NAEF Promotion (PDF 1.84 MB)
- 2023 NAEF Grant Guidelines (PDF 443 KB)
- NAEF Trustees Public Roster (June 2022) (PDF 234 KB)
- NAEF 2022 Donor List (PDF 172 KB)
- NAEF 12th Annual Fundraising Event (PDF 224 KB)
- 2023 NAEF Grant Recipients (PDF 103 KB)
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