NAEA FOCU S IN
The National Art Education Association promotes art education
through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership. NAEA is over 22 ,000 art educators from every
level of instruction, administration, museum education, also publishers, manufacturers and suppliers of art materials, parents, students,
retired teachers, arts councils, schools . . . anyone and everyone concerned about quality art
education in our schools. NAEA is a nonprofit, educational organization.
riculum will be taught by teachers certified
and qualified in the visual arts and designed
to provide students with skills and knowl-
edge in the arts in accordance with national,
state, and local standards. The curriculum-
based art instruction offered in school will
be enhanced with access to art museums
and community education programs. These
supplementary programs will reach learners
of all ages and should complement school-based art education.
NAEA formed a Long-Range Planning Com-
mission in 1982 to make recommendations
to improve the status of the art education
profession five to ten years ahead. This com-
mission made specific recommendations to
improve the status of art in American edu-
cation and to support professional growth
for NAEA members. Goals for Quality Art
Education, drafted by the NAEA Board of
Directors in 1984, was circulated to mem-
bers and ratified at the 1985 convention.
The first strategic planning retreat of the GOALS
NAEA Board of Directors was held in June The National Art Education Association is
1986; as a result, 31 mission-oriented pro- celebrating 60 years of creativity and learn-gram initiatives were accomplished that ing in this country. Deborah B. Reeve, Ed.D,
year. After the Goals has been named Executive Direc-
2000 Educate America All PreK– 12 students tor of the National Art Education
Act became law in 1994, deserve a comprehensive Association (NAEA). She joins
NAEA participated in balanced, and sequential the organization at a pivotal
the development of the program of instruction in point in its history, just as NAEA
National Visual Arts the visual arts. is implementing a new strate-
Standards, as well as in gic plan, which was developed
the consensus planning process for the 1997 by the Board of Directors with the input
National Assessment of Educational Prog- of NAEA leaders and members to take the
ress in the Arts. During this period, under association forward to the end of the decade.
the leadership of president Sarah Tambucci, The four pillars of the NAEA 2007–2010
NAEA’s strategic planning generated five Strategic plan are:
interrelated goals aligned with emerging • Learning: NAEA will plan, coordinate and
national policy and addressing content for implement exemplary professional develop-art instruction, curricula, delivery stan- ment initiatives that build member capacity
dards, assessment, and professional devel- to be effective educators, leaders and advo-opment. Our planning process began at the cates for art education.
2002 Board of Directors summer meeting • Community Building: NAEA will build
in Minneapolis. The Executive Commit- a more cohesive professional community
tee served as oversight committee, guiding among art educators and art museum edu-
the multi-year process which sought input cators through enhanced communication
from the Delegates Assembly and the Dis- strategies.
tinguished Fellows at the 2003 conference, • Advocacy: NAEA will effectively commu-
focus group discussions with two summer nicate the importance of student learning
regional leadership meetings in June and and lifelong learning in the visual arts to art
July 2003, and an online survey open to all educators, policy makers, parents and the
NAEA members from mid-November 2003 community.
through mid-January 2004. • Research and Knowledge: NAEA will
increase its value to members by assessing
programs and services and by expanding
access to information on current and emerg-
ing policy issues that affect art education.
All PreK– 12 students deserve a comprehensive, balanced, and sequential program of
instruction in the visual arts. The art cur-
For more information visit www.acminet.org/cfae.htm