Join the NCAEA and celebrate visual arts education.

Join North Carolina's largest and most active community for visual arts education. All North Carolina visual arts educators from pre-kindergarten through higher education; students; museums, art centers, and arts council staff, supervisors/administrators; retired art educators and friends of the arts are invited to join NCAEA. 


The NCAEA is a state affiliate of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Join the NAEA to automatically get membership in the North Carolina Art Education Association.
Check out the benefits of membership below.

NAEA/NCAEA Member benefits include access to:

  • The largest advocacy group for visual arts education in North Carolina with more than 650 members. No other organization in North Carolina delivers more consistent programming and communication related to visual arts education. 

  • An international community of peers and mentors that numbers more than than 17,000.

  • Full access to exclusive members-only content on the NAEA and NCAEA websites.

  • Regular updates on North Carolina education policy. We explain what's happening and what it means to you.

  • Explanations of North Carolina certification policies and state-wide mandates: what they mean and how to stay compliant.

  • Professional development for Teacher Licensure renewal (CEU) in Content credits, Visual Arts integration with Technology credits, and Visual Arts with Literacy credits.

  • Opportunities to qualify for specific rubrics in the NC Educator Effectiveness System.

  • Opportunities for advocacy and action. Add your voice to ours to influence policy discussions and support visual arts education.

  • Talking points to promote the effectiveness of visual arts education as the key to unlock creative thinking and innovation. We help raise the profile of visual arts education within your immediate sphere of influence and beyond.

  • Regular local, regional, statewide and national networking and learning opportunities. Connect with others to learn what works and build friendships.

  • More than 500 visual arts lesson plans, peer-reviewed for quality, relevance, and rigor through the Instructional Resources Gallery.

  • Ways to incorporate visual arts into other courses of study such as science, math, social studies and language arts. To strengthen learning and build relationships with other educators.

  • Opportunities to apply for art-related grants and assistance with grant applications.

  • Financial assistance to regional coordinators to fund events and workshops. This is important since school district funding levels vary widely.

  • Free registration for NAEA's monthly webinar series—Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards—and archived resources.

  • Discounts on the NCAEA Annual Conference, NAEA National Convention registration fees and other professional learning events including SummerVision.

  • Discounts on premiere publications and advocacy merchandise in NAEA’s Online Store.

  • Connect with colleagues through the Member Directory, showcase your art through a complimentary personalized e-Portfolio powered by Digication, and/or display your students' artwork in a Classroom Gallery provided by Artsonia.

  • Eligibility for prestigious national awards and grants opportunities.

  • Eligibility to establish a National Art Honor Society in your middle or secondary school.

  • Help organize arts exhibitions and provide links to art competitions and scholarship opportunities.

  • Invitations to local and regional visual arts workshops to improve skills and energize your curriculum.

  • Introductions to new technologies, methods and material resources through our partner relationships with some of the country’s major art supply companies. These partners attend our workshops; visit school districts and the showcase at our state-wide annual conference. 

  • Opportunities to improve your skills and certifications—and earn points toward accreditation through our courses and events.

  • Subscription offers to Art Education journal and NAEA News—NAEA's premiere bi-monthly publications.

  • Access to timely resources including the new National Visual Arts Standards that support teaching and learning.

  • Free subscription to the NCAEA newsletter, By Design.

  • Opportunities to connect with other teachers and visual arts professionals via our social media platforms—Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

  • Discounts on a variety of insurance programs including Professional Liability Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Auto & Home Insurance, and Additional Plans & Benefits. Visit the Forrest T. Jones & Company website to learn more.


cost of membership

For just $90.00 annually—that's about the cost of one large frappuccino a month—you can take advantage of all these opportunities to improve your skills, community, and curriculum while advancing and promoting the value of visual arts education.

Visual arts education can be a tough job, but you don't have to go it alone. We're here to help and support you.