The National Art Education (NAEA) is the first professional community in art education. The exceptional leadership of art educators since 1947 led to the development of the NAEA and it’s increasing role within the community. NAEA educators have developed many practices and research in the world of visual arts and the NAEA supports the efforts of art educators to become outstanding leaders. The NAEA holds various events to explore the roles of art educators including special programs and conferences at state and regional levels.


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SummerVision DC

The SummerVision DC event will run from 18th to 21st July 2017 in Washington DC. The program is designed to give art educators the ultimate museum experience as they explore various works of art. Art educators will explore museums, current art exhibitions, and permanent collections.

The SummerVision DC program is open to all art educators including retired, veteran, preservice, and novice educators. The program is also open to non-art educators who are involved in various art settings such as museums, schools, and art organizations.

Participants will get the chance to interact with educators from all parts of the US and other countries and all educators are part of the Professional Learning Community (PLC). Participants will also get the chance to engage in gallery activities and exploratory research.

Other activities include creating a personalized Portable Studio, studying art objects, linking Standards’ Creating, Responding, Presenting, and Connecting processes to learning, and receiving museum packets. The SummerVision DC program will give attendants a life-changing experience as they explore eight art museums in Washington DC. Participants will have an opportunity with interact with one another, build connections, and share ideas.

The top museums that participants will visit during the event include National Building Museum, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and National Gallery of Art. Others include National Portrait Gallery, Freer/Sacker Gallery, The Phillips Collection, and National Museum of Women in the Arts.


The 2017 NAEA National Convention

The meetings and events of the 2017 NAEA convention will take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and the Hilton New York between 2nd and 4th March 2017. The Hilton will host the NAEA Exhibit Hall.

The National Art Education Association will mark its 70th anniversary in 2017. Hence, the Convention will cover NAEA achievements and potential future challenges. The annual NAEA National Convention is designed to provide professional development services to attendants and all activities, sessions, and events in the Convention will be geared towards advancing knowledge to improve instruction of visual arts in all schools in the US.

The three-day event is the largest convention for art education in the world. The Convention offers more than 1,000 learning opportunities including panels, exhibits, research reports, workshops, tours, and seminars. Participants also learn from keynote speeches by top educators, researchers, artists, and scholars.

Other activities during the Convention include exploring the exhibitor booths, which range between 110 and 200 booths. Some the items on display will include curriculum materials, new art textbooks, prints, equipment, art history media, programs and high-tech software.


How to Participate in the NAEA National Convention

The sessions at the National Convention run every day between 8.00am and 11.00pm. The sessions and events are based on visual art instruction. Participants will view the latest materials and update their instruction strategies. The annual convention takes place in the spring either in March or in April. Art educators who wish to attend the convention can learn more from the NAEA website or from the fall and summer issues of NAEA News. Presenters at the convention must be members of NAEA and must submit their requests online by 15th May of the preceding year. The schedule of all sessions is available online by early December of the preceding year. NAEA also releases a mobile app at least one or two months to the event to help participants plan for the Convention.


NAEA School for Art Leaders – Class of 2017

The NAEA introduced the School for Art Leaders to give art educators a life-changing experience that will inspire and prepare them to bring positive change in art education. The program will be held at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The learning community will comprise of 25 participants who will first prepare for personal growth through a Kickoff Webinar. The community will then meet at Museum for an intensive experience for 5 days and then continue with the 7-months learning program. The learning program is exclusively designed for art educators.

The program is based on the NAEA Leadership Development Task Force’s work and recommendations. The learning community will explore five models of leadership that include:

*The NAEA Art Educator Competency Model

*Emotional Intelligence

*Mindful leadership

*Thurber-Zimmerman Leadership/Empowerment Model

*Story telling

*Total Leadership


Eligibility and Selection of Applicants

New and experienced leaders in the art education field are encouraged to enroll in the program. Successful applicants should meet the following requirements:

*Have more than 5 years of professional experience and working as an art educator

*Be committed to complete the program and the longitudinal study after graduation

*Have support from a state association and/or a school or institution.


Program Commitment

The school programs will start on June 14, 2017, and end on January 30, 2018. The 5-day intensive learning experience will take place between 10th and 14th July 2017. The online-based learning modules will begin in August and end in January. Learners must submit their final capstone project by January 15, 2018. NAEA will recognize and celebrate the school in its 2018 Annual Convention in Seattle, WA.


How to Apply

Interested art educators should submit their application to by March 27, 2017. The application package must include:

*An application form

*One-page statement of no more than 500 words

*A letter of recommendation

*1-2 pages resume

NAEA will confirm receipt of the application package within 2 working days.



Applicants will not pay any application fee. NAEA members will pay $799 and non-members $860 for the program. The fee covers all courses, the on-site intensive program, and learning materials. Participants will meet their traveling and accommodation expenses. Participants can enjoy discounted accommodation rates at the 21C Hotel located at 200 NE A Street, Bentonville, AR 72712. Crystal Bridges is a walking distance from the hotel.


Applicants Selection

A team of NAEA leaders will form a Selection Committee to review the applications. The committee will examine each applicant’s leadership skills and readiness for the intensive experience. Other considerations will include signs of leadership potential, geographical location, volunteering, professional experience, and ethnicity. Successful applicants will receive a notification on May 8, 2017 and will have up to June 5, 2017 to pay the program fee.