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 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.
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.
NAEF Board of Trustees: Call for Nominations
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 2022 NAEA convention in New York City.
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.
Trustee responsibilities include:
- Attending all annual meetings, usually held during the NAEA National Convention, at their own expense;
- Actively pursuing contributions, including work with NAEA to help create proposals (corporate, foundation, etc.);
- Sharing committee work and participating in board meetings;
- Reviewing grant proposals; and
- Acting as a communicator/ambassador for NAEF within the NAEA membership and externally.
Nominations (including self-nominations) should include complete contact information: name, work and home addresses, phone numbers, and email address.
Nominations (including self-nominations) should include complete contact information: name, work and home addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Send nominations to: Doug Blandy, Chair, NAEF Nominating Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomination Deadline: December 1, 2021
The deadline for 2022 grant submissions was October 1, 2021.
View the 2022 NAEF Grant Guidelines here.
View list of 2021 NAEF Grant Recipients for Project Dates: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
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.
Kathi R. Levin
National Art Education Foundation