The Executive Director will champion visual arts educators and the value of visual arts and design education; lead a strategic vision that further strengthens NAEA, supports its members; and assure the long-term growth and impacts of a diverse professional association.
NAEA’s Executive Director serves as both the Secretary/Treasurer and a voting member of the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF). As the sister organization to NAEA, NAEF invests in innovative initiatives to support instructional practice, research, and leadership in visual arts education. As an independent philanthropic organization, NAEF supports a wide variety of professional activities. This includes funding for visual art educators to participate in professional development programs and the promotion of visual arts education as an integral part of the curriculum. NAEF also supports the exploration of new visual arts instruction models in public and private K-16 schools and the promotion of the teaching of art and design 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 of research in visual arts education is also assisted by NAEF. NAEF supports NAEA membership by investing in innovative initiatives to enhance instructional practice, research, and leadership in the visual arts.
The NAEA Executive Director leads a staff of 13 full- and part-time employees. The association’s current operating revenue is $3.9 million. Earned revenues are comprised of 42 percent from its annual convention, 36 percent from membership dues, 16 percent from publication sales, and 6 percent from federal or foundation grants, special programs, and miscellaneous revenue. NAEF has current assets of $2.5 million and has supported 316 member grant projects since its inception in 1985. It has also provided support for key NAEA initiatives, including the Research Commission Preconference and the School for Art Leaders.
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, NAEA was founded in 1947 and is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Its members number more than 17,000 visual arts and design educators in the pre-K through high school grades, college and university professors, researchers and scholars, supervisors and administrators, teaching artists, art therapists, media artists, museum educators, and preservice visual arts teachers in training. NAEA represents members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, United States possessions and international military bases, most Canadian provinces, and 25 foreign countries.