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I joined for the community and stayed for the professional development opportunities, youth art month competition, and to stay current on Art Ed issues from around the state! -Alyssa Passmore...KC Region, MS Art

I joined as a brand-new teacher hoping to find anything that would help keep my head above water. I found that - and so much more. I found mentors that immediately helped me find my way, gave me advice, and answered ALL my questions. I found amazing lessons, materials, and techniques that my students loved and that fed my soul. I found a merry band of art teachers I can call my friends. Twenty-six years later, I am still learning new things, meeting new people, and enjoying the company of all of my old friends, too. I have found my art family. When I am with them, I am home. -Shannon Wedel...North Central Region, Elem. Art

I joined as a student after Dr. Grove shared how awesome the organization was. It was the idea that I could connect with and learn from art teachers and also that I had something to share! KAEA has helped me see myself as a leader and I love the opportunity to give and receive. -Katie Morris...North East Region, K-12 Art

See the benefits of KAEA membership! 

  • Community 

    •Annual events allow for like-minded individuals to get together to share thoughts and ideas.

    •A New Teacher Shower is organized each year at the Fall Conference to welcome new teachers and soon-to-be new teachers (pre-service students).

    •Mentors in a wide variety of subjects and grade levels are available to assist other teachers.

    •Members have access to the “Art Teachers Survival Guide” put together by veteran teachers.

    Premier Professional Development 

    Annual Fall Professional Development Conference held in a variety of locations across the state. Relevant workshops/sessions and speakers during a two-day event filled with information, ideas and camaraderie.

    •Spring Virtual Conference—this will now be an annual event free to members!

    •Annual Summer Camp for members only held in a variety of locations across the state. A two-day event designed to learn new skills or hone existing skills—relax, learn, make art and get to know other members!

    •KAEA offers college credit for their professional development events & those hours of attendance can often be used to move across district pay scales.

    Grants Member Teacher Conference Grants are available to assist 5 teachers with the cost of attending the Fall Professional Development Conference.

    •Member Pre-Service Conference Grants are available to assist Pre-Service students with the cost of Registration for the Fall Professional Development Conference.

    •KAEA offers up to 5 Professional Development Grants worth $700 each to members to provide opportunities to improve instruction or gain knowledge relating to visual arts education.

    Communication •Members receive exclusive informative email blasts from KAEA.
    •Members receive and can submit articles for the “
    Canvas” KAEA Newsletters.
    •Submission of student artwork images to the KAEA Membership Directory are limited to members students.

    Youth Art Month •Members can enter their student’s Youth Art Month artwork into the “BLICK Art Youth Art Month Art Competition” in conjunction with the Youth Art Month Exhibit and Celebration for chances to win prizes—with a cash award for the Best of Show Award.

    •Submissions to the Youth Art Month Flag Competition are exclusive to members.

    Scholarships •Secondary Member Teachers can submit senior student portfolios to the “Harry Hart Memorial Senior Scholarship Competition” for the chance at a $500 scholarship.

    Award Recognition •KAEA members can nominate and be nominated for Award Recognition each year. Nominations are due July 1st and recipients are recognized during the annual Fall Professional Development Conference.

    KAEA membership includes membership to the National Art Education Association and all of its benefits:

    Connectivity 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.

    NAEA Collaborate NAEA Collaborate, the 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.

    Subscriptions 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. Art Education is a print and digital publication. NAEA News is a digital-only publication. Members also have access to full digital archives of both publications.

    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.

    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.

    Leadership 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 Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 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 1 year or longer qualify to apply for grants from the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF). Since its inception in 1985, NAEF has supported hundreds of 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!

Premier Professional Development KAEA is the premier provider of professional development for Visuals Arts Educators in our state. Our conference is able to offer college credit each year depending on the location of the conference. Funding highlights include a: Student Sponsorship Scholarship for pre-service educators to attend the annual conference with paid registration and a Conference Scholarship for members to attend the annual conference with additional monetary assistance. Our Summer Camp has been offered in a variety of locations across the state and has been able to offer college credit depending on the location.

KAEA Mission Statement

KAEA is dedicated to the advancement of the human and cultural understanding through the study of art by providing opportunities for professional growth and development, exchange of knowledge and ideas, and service and leadership for the advancement of quality art education.