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.


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.

NAEF 9th Annual Fundraising Benefit Event

Exploring the Creative Partnership: Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

2020 NAEA National Convention, Minneapolis, MN
10:30 – 11:50am
Center/Meeting Room 101F/Level 1

Learn about Minnesota’s own—children’s book author Phyllis Root and woodblock print artist/illustrator Betsy Bowen who will share their collaborative story, discussing their work together and apart.

“These ‘Minnesota Jewels’ have been instrumental in our classrooms. I am delighted to have this opportunity to share them with a national audience.” —Diane Scully, NAEF Vice President

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

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Tickets: $50 ($40 tax deductible). Purchase advance tickets here.

NAEF Board of Trustees: Call for Nominations

The NAEF Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for one new trustee who will take office at the conclusion of the 2020 NAEA National Convention in Minneapolis, MN.

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. Learn more.

Program Information

View the 2020 NAEF Grant Guidelines here.
Deadline: October 1, 2019 (for Project Year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)

Grant Recipients

View list of 2019 NAEF Grant Recipients for Project Dates: July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

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.


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

Helpful Links

Art Education Research Institute (AERI)
NAEA Research Commission