Become a Member of the National Art Education Association

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is a vibrant professional community for visual arts education professionals. K-12 art educators and administrators; college and university professors; preservice students studying art education; researchers and scholars; museum educators; teaching artists and others interested in art education ensure a vibrant community of art educators committed to professional excellence. Created by members for members, the NAEA community shapes the field of art education – bring your voice to the community!



Become a NEW Member in 6 Easy Ways:

  • Online: Start by selecting your state below

  • Telephone: We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express, which can be conveniently paid over the phone by calling NAEA Member Services at (800) 299-8321
    (M-F, 8:15 – 4:30 ET).

  • Fax: Print, complete, and fax the Membership Form to: (703) 860-2960

  • Mail: Print, complete, and mail the Membership Form to: NAEA Member Services,
    901 Prince Street,  Alexandria, VA 22314-3008

  • E-mail: Print, complete, and e-mail the Membership Form to members[at]  

  • Artsonia: Join/Renew using your Artsonia fundraising

The Value of Membership

Become part of the largest professional organization established by visual arts educators for visual arts educators!

Join NAEA members and connect to the latest knowledge, research and opportunities that enlighten and inform visual arts education professionals.

Receive printed publications delivered to your door; access to a growing collection of digital media resources, including webinars and lesson plans; opportunities to learn and share with colleagues spanning the globe—virtually and in person; exclusive discounts; eligibility for grants to support your teaching practice; national recognition awards and more!

Member Testimonial

“I became a member in 2001. Since then I have learned and grown as an art educator, brought varied learning to my students, and, not least, I had the opportunity to do my Master’s degree in Art Education. I learned about the course at the NAEA National Convention. I have also been fortunate to present several times at the Convention…I’m grateful to be a member of such an organization that is truly dedicated to making Art and Art Educators Matter.”
—Anita Bhatty, Balboa Academy, Miami, FL

What are the Visual Arts?

Visual Arts, as defined by the National Art Education Association, include the traditional fine arts, such as, drawing , painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture; media arts, such as, animation, video and emerging digital technologies; design, such as, communication, product, and interactive; environmental, such as, architecture, landscape architecture, interior and urban planning; conceptual, performance, participatory, street, and folk arts and works of art in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, paper and other materials. (Revised January 2017)

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Core Values

NAEA staff and members work to support professional growth, change, and leadership through:

  • Mentoring
  • Networking and collaborating
  • Participating in art education conferences
  • Developing and disseminating exemplary resources on art education
  • Building a professional community by contributing our time and talents to others
  • Valuing our diversity and committing ourselves to equity

Connect with your peers

Connect with your peers through an active network of art educators committed to collaboration that supports professional growth, change, and leadership through: mentoring; participating in art education conferences; developing and disseminating exemplary resources on art education; building a professional community by contributing time and talents to others; and valuing our diversity and committing ourselves to equity.

NAEA Virtual Art Educators

NAEA Virtual Art Educators is where you can access premier professional learning opportunities from anywhere in the world. Choose from a growing number of live and archived webinars, sessions, workshops, and more to create your ideal experience. Be informed and inspired by colleagues, artists, and experts offering 100% art education content that can be used immediately to enhance teaching and learning. Design your own professional learning experience today!

The benefits of membership include:

  • Professional Development: Access timely learning resources including the National Visual Arts Standards that support teaching and learning as well as FREE access to Virtual Art Educators monthly webinars and all webinar archives.
  • Subscriptions: FREE subscriptions to the premier Journal of Art Education and NAEA News—a $72 VALUE!
  • Discounts: Participate in the NAEA National Convention – submit a presentation proposal, purchase new books and advocacy merchandise, discounted premiere publications, such as the Studies in Art Education, and more—all at a discounted rate! Also, learn about discounts on a variety of insurance programs including Professional Liability Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Auto & Home Insurance, and Additional Plans & Benefits through Forrest T. Jones & Company.
  • Leadership: Join Issues Groups and Editorial Boards, serve as a National Convention Proposal Reviewer, participate in international travel/research delegations, be elected to serve on the Board of Directors, apply for the School for Art Leaders, and more!
  • Recognition: Gain eligibility for national recognition through awards, grants, and a National Art Honor Society Chapter!
  • Advocacy: Resources for advocating the importance of visual arts education are at your fingertips!
  • Connectivity: Join the conversation with Collaborate, an interactive, dynamic online professional space, available exclusively to NAEA members. Share information and resources, gain inspiration, and make connections—anytime, anywhere.

Take your career even further

Learn more about opportunities to take your connection to art education to the next level with NAEA.

Member Testimonial

Why are you an NAEA member?

Tammie Clark