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.
View the 2020 NAEF Grant Guidelines here.
Please note that the NAEF Grant Program is shifting to a digital submission process starting with the next grant deadline. To allow more time for the transition, the deadline will be Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (for Project Year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022). The grant categories remain the same. An updated National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) Grant Program Information digital booklet and application guidelines will be posted in early October, 2020. Additionally, an informational webcast providing details on the program will be announced soon.
View list of 2020 NAEF Grant Recipients for Project Dates: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
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
- NAEA Research Agenda
- NAEF Donor Commemoration Form
- NAEF Grants Program Calendar
- NAEF Planned Giving Prospectus
- NAEF Report - NAEA News - June/July 2019
- NAEF 2019 Donor List
- NAEF Giving Postcard
- F+W Media: NAEF Promotion
- 2020 NAEF Grant Recipients
- NAEF Trustees Public Roster (June 2020)