The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world's largest art education convention.
The three-day convention includes over 1,000 participatory workshops, panels, seminars for job-alike groups...research reports, discussions, exhibits, and tours...keynote addresses by world-acclaimed educators, artists, researchers, and scholars...with the opportunity to connect with your colleagues from all over the world. Each year, some 110-200 exhibitor booths displaying the latest art textbooks, high-tech software, prints, slides, curriculum materials, equipment, and programs, as well as the latest studio and art history media are made available for examination and review to art educator delegates.
It is a professional development opportunity to update oneself on the vista of state-of-the-art materials to advance visual art instruction in local art programs. All sessions and events are 100 percent content-oriented and substantively based. There are no non-content functions such as golf, sightseeing, shopping tours, and the like. Sessions are scheduled daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Create your ideal professional learning experience at the 2018 NAEA National Convention— March 22-24, in Seattle, Washington—by choosing from 1,000+ sessions, workshops, tours, and events that will inform, engage, and inspire you! Explore this year's theme of Art + Design = STEAM and join with colleagues to experience Seattle—a city that thrives on creativity. This is YOUR national professional convention. It's the largest gathering of visual arts educators in the world!
Your NAEA National Convention registration gives you access to hundreds of concurrent sessions presented by art education professionals from all over the world! Additionally, you can choose to enhance your experience by purchasing tickets for special workshops, events, and tours.
Why should you be a part of the NAEA National Convention?
The NAEA National Convention is the largest professional gathering of visual arts educators in the world! Our attendees tell us each year how much they appreciate seeing and testing products in person in the Exhibit Hall. As an exhibitor, you will make this personal connection with thousands of prospective customers. Your brand and marketing message will be promoted as one of the most innovative and trusted in the business.
What products and services are attendees looking for?
NAEA National Convention attendees love to discover new products, concepts, and techniques intended for all skill levels and ages. They are looking for materials, ideas, and services ranging from classic art supplies to up-to-the-minute media, technology, processes, and professional development opportunities; curriculum resources; college and university programs; visual aids; painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, woodworking, ceramic, glass, and metal arts supplies; art-related travel; graphic design, photography and drafting supplies; and more!
Who attends the Convention?
NAEA members include PreK-12 art educators, university professors, administrators, supervisors, museum educators, and art education students from across the United States and many foreign countries. Our membership also includes publishers, manufacturers and suppliers of art materials, parents, retired art educators, and others concerned about quality art education.
Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators.
Shaping Human Potential
Members include elementary, middle, and high school visual arts educators; college and university professors; university students preparing to become art educators; researchers and scholars; teaching artists; administrators and supervisors; and art museum educators - as well as more than 54,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society. We represent members in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, U.S. Possessions, most Canadian Provinces, U.S. military bases around the world, and 25 foreign countries.