Your visual arts education community needs you—and you need us!

We are here to support you! NAEA is dedicated to providing you with connectivity, resources, and opportunities to enrich your classroom, enhance your career, and inspire your creativity. Connect to a worldwide network of like-minded artists and educators representing K-12 art educators and administrators, college and university professors, preservice students studying art education, researchers and scholars, museum educators, teaching artists, and more. We invite you to lend your unique vision to your vibrant professional community while taking advantage of all that NAEA membership has to offer. Join Now!

Join NAEA to gain full access to:


Connect virtually, and in person, to a network of thousands of visual arts educators who are actively engaged in visual arts, teaching, and learning. Tap into information and opportunities that are specific to your teaching level, state, or geographic region. The possibilities are endless. Be a part of your national professional association—created by art educators, for art educators!

NAEA Collaborate

NAEA Collaborate, our NEW 24/7 online community, is available exclusively to members. Have a question ranging from classroom management to research? Want to share an idea or gain some inspiration? You have a network of thousands of visual arts educators to collaborate with—anytime, anywhere—at your fingertips!

Online Professional Learning

Members have unlimited access to Virtual Art Educators. Engage in live and archived monthly webinars for FREE and earn professional development credit from NAEA or university credit through California State University, Chico. You’ll also have access to dozens of archived recordings of select NAEA National Convention sessions spanning 9 years. See keynotes from Tim Gunn, Chuck Close, Carrie Mae Weems, Jaune Quick–to–See Smith, and many more.


Members receive a free subscription to Art Education, the premier professional journal for art educators, that includes timely articles, instructional resources, and more. You’ll also get NAEA News, the official newsletter of the National Art Education Association, to keep you in touch with what is happening in art education across the country and around the globe. A $72 value, both publications arrive to you in print as well as digitally.

Sample issue of Art Education

Sample issue of NAEA News

NAEA National Convention

Members receive exclusive discounts on NAEA National Convention registration. As a member, you can submit a presentation proposal, and you are first to know about special sessions, hands-on workshops, additional discounts, and opportunities. Don’t miss the largest annual gathering of visual arts educators in the world!

Membership in Your State Art Education Association

If you live in one of the states listed below, then your NAEA membership also includes membership to your state art education association and all of the benefits this membership has to offer. Be connected locally, nationally, and internationally! AK, AL, APO, AR, AZ, CA CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

In-Person Professional Learning

NAEA offers a variety of national summer programs created specifically for visual arts educators. Explore topics and opportunities that include museum studies, design in the classroom, the NAEA National Leadership Conference, and so much more. Members get first dibs and major discounts on registration.

National Art Honor Society

Opportunities for national recognition, scholarships, and connectivity to 58,000+ outstanding art students are available to your middle or high school students as members of a National Art Honor Society (NAHS) or National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) chapter. Only NAEA members can sponsor official NAHS/NJAHS chapters.


There are so many leadership opportunities for NAEA members! Be elected to serve on the Board of Directors, apply to attend the prestigious School for Art Leaders, attend the National Leadership Conference, serve as a National Convention Proposal Reviewer, serve on the Editorial Board for Arts Education or Studies in Art Education, and more!

Exhibit Your Artwork (and your Students' Artwork) Nationally

The NAEA Studio & Gallery is located minutes from Washington, DC, in arts-rich Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, USA. This space showcases outstanding artwork created by visual arts education professionals from around the world who are NAEA members, as well as the work of high school and middle school student members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS).

Insurance Discounts

As a member, you qualify for discounts on a variety of insurance programs including professional liability insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health insurance, auto and home insurance, and additional plans and benefits through Forrest T. Jones & Company.

National Art Education Foundation Grants

NAEA members of one year or longer qualify to apply for grants from the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF). Since its inception in 1985, NAEF has supported 298 projects by NAEA members that range from professional learning to research.

Interest Groups

Connect with like-minded colleagues and increase your impact on visual arts education! As an NAEA member, you have the opportunity to join any of the Association’s 20 official Interest Groups. Explore specific topics in art education, deepen your advocacy on special issues, connect with colleagues who share your interests, and even serve as an Interest Group leader.

International Travel

Join NAEA’s elite delegation on a yearly international professional exchange! Recent NAEA International Delegations include trips to Cuba, India, Myanmar, and Finland.

Discounts on ALL NAEA Publications and Merchandise

NAEA members save on all books, resources, and advocacy merchandise available in the NAEA Store.

Studies in Art Education

Subscribe to Studies in Art Education, NAEA’s quarterly research journal, as an NAEA member for only $20! This is a savings of $45 and includes print and digital delivery, as well as access to digital archives. Studies incorporates explorations of theory and practice in the areas of art production, art criticism, aesthetics, art history, human development, curriculum and instruction, and assessment.

Gain National Recognition

The NAEA Awards Program recognizes outstanding art educators in each state, regionally, nationally, and by teaching level. This prestigious program, exclusively for NAEA members, helps make visible the important work of visual arts educators including K-12 art educators, professors of art education, museum art educators, and arts supervisors/administrators. Recipients of these awards are recognized yearly at the NAEA National Convention.

Visual Arts Education Advocacy

Have your voice heard in your backyard and on Capitol Hill. As professional art educators, we know and understand the essential value that visual arts education holds for learners. But what about others—school leaders, parents, elected representatives, school Board members, local media? What are the critical legislative issues affecting art education? NAEA represents you and will help you bring your knowledge and voice to art education advocacy to ensure equity and access for all students!