NAEA Leadership Council

The case for art education today could not be more urgent.

Scarcity of funding and uneven support for public education threatens the vitality of visual arts, design, and media arts education across the country. The dynamic cultural changes of the last two years make the social and emotional growth of public school students more important now than at any time in the National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) 75-year history. NAEA believes education in visual arts, design and media arts is essential for a well-rounded education. We envision a future where abundance and equity inform the reality of art programming in K-12 schools. To help bridge this gap, NAEA is pleased to announce the creation of its inaugural Leadership Council.

NAEA Leadership Council

The inaugural NAEA Leadership Council will provide strategic direction and financial impact to strengthen the work being done at NAEA.

NAEA supports educators and makes art accessible, equitable and inclusive, especially for the historically marginalized. We do this through our first-class programming in areas such as: 

  • The NAEA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission (ED&I) provides a detailed multi-year roadmap for the association’s efforts to increase inclusive practices and remove barriers to participation in the arts. 

  • The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) for grades 9-12 and the National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) for grades 6-8, annually serve over 50,000 future artists, art educators, and creative leaders across the country. 

  • The School for Art Leaders (SAL) positions participants to excel as leaders in education, the arts, policy, and advocacy (175 graduates over 7 years). 

  • The federally funded Connected Arts Networks (CAN), establishes a network of arts “teacher leaders” in professional learning communities (PLCs) nationally (serving over 650 dance, media & visual arts, music, and theatre educators and their students) 

Nominations to the Leadership Council

Directly impact the future of art, design and media with a nomination to the inaugural NAEA Leadership Council.

The Council presents the greatest opportunity for supporting art education and future creative generations at a scale that matters. NAEA serves over 16,000 visual art, design, and media arts educators across the U.S. and internationally. Our members hold positions at all levels of art education, including roles as state art association leaders, NAHS chapter sponsors, museum educators, professors, community-based artists, and in K-12 classrooms. Their combined work supports the educational engagement and personal growth of nearly 50 million public, private, and charter school students nationwide. 

NAEA needs your help to identify members for the inaugural Leadership Council! Your ability to connect with arts-passionate colleagues across industries is vital to this project. 

Managed by NAEA executive staff, the Council will complement the deep art education knowledge held by NAEA leadership. We seek to recruit arts-passionate individuals from other fields, such as business, financial, and legal fields, and beyond.  

The Commitment  

  • A 3-year term, which can be renewed after one term. 

  • Three meetings per year - one in-person and two virtual. 

  • Participation on a Council committee. 

  • An annual gift to NAEA for each year of service.