ART EDUCATORS OF IOWA is a non-profit organization unified with the National Art Education Association and is affiliated with the Iowa Alliance for Art Education.
Our purpose is to promote excellence in visual arts education in Iowa through the advancement of knowledge and skills, professional development, service, and leadership.
We are a professional organization for those interested in the future of art education. We supply exemplary networking opportunities and collegial support for educators throughout Iowa and with educators around the world.
How can we help you?
- The Annual Fall Conference, our biggest annual event, is where you can explore new methods and techniques, network with other art educators, and see nationally recognized speakers. Membership gains you a discounted entry fee and access to vendor. (A limited number of scholarships are awarded for pre-service level members to attend the conference.)
- Mentoring program provides guidance and help to first and second year teachers.
- Our e-newsletter The Message keeps members inspired and challenged and increases awareness of current issues.
- Youth Art Month (YAM) March is the time of celebration with recognition of outstanding students and art teachers.
- All State is the premier recognition of high school art students and their teachers and is only open to members.
- Action committees dealing with advocacy, curriculum, programming, and many current issues: Fire Arts Iowa Core, portfolios, mentoring, standards, visual culture, VAAS.
- A network of colleagues connecting to national issues and information through NAEA.
- Traveling Art Show– elementary, middle school and traveling museums of student artwork available to come to your school.
Become an AEI Member
AEI is an affiliate of the National Art Education Association. All members of Art Educators of Iowa are automatically members of NAEA. There are many benefits of membership: in Iowa and at the national level.
Join or Renew:
The easiest way to become a member is to register and pay by credit card online at the NAEA Website. You can also fill out and print the membership form here and mail it with a check to NAEA. Membership fees can be paid with Fall Conference Registration and AEI will mail your information and payment to NAEA. Be sure to fill out the membership form and send it with your registration.
Categories of Membership:
Active: For art teachers, directors of art education programs, or those engaged in pursuits closely related to the field. Affords you all of the benefits of membership.
First Year Professional: For recent graduates entering their first year of teaching art. Valid for one year only. Affords you all of the benefits of membership except the right to hold national office. If you are involved in the Arts Mentoring Program, there is no charge for your first year.
Student: For undergraduates and full-time graduate students. Affords you all of the benefits of membership except the right to hold national office.
Retired: For retirees who have been a member of NAEA for a minimum of five years. Affords you all of the benefits of membership.
Associate Non-Art Educator: For school personnel not actively engaged in the teaching of art and for all those interested in art education. Provides most benefits, except the right to vote, and hold national office.
Institutional/School-Based Partnerships: For institutions or departments involved with art education. Receive all of the benefits of membership except the right to vote and hold office. Includes a subscription to Studies in Art Education, one pre-paid national convention registration, and eligibility for NAHS sponsorship where appropriate.
Iowa Yearly Membership Rates are as follows:
(other states vary)
1st. Year Professional $55 (Paid by the Mentoring Program)
Membership I.D. cards, renewal notices, and publication labels provide valuable information. What Do the Numbers Mean?
(I.D. Number) 3461 (Expires 200904 = YYYYMM)
19 Pine Street
Reston, IA 50191-1590
Memberships are processed on a daily basis.
New memberships begin the month that payment is processed and expire the following year on the last day of the same month. Members receive a full 12 months of membership benefits. A typical new member record will look like this:
Join Date: September
First Issue: November JOURNAL
Expiration: End of September
Last Issue: October NAEA NEWS
When renewals are received on or before the expiration date, membership is extended one year from the original expiration date. A typical renewing member record will look like this:
Renewal Payment Received: August
New Expiration Date: September
Members remain in NAEA records as inactive for one year past their expiration date. During this time, members receive no benefits but they do retain their Membership I.D. number and maintain their initial join date if they renew before the expiration of this one year period. Those who rejoin past the one-year period are treated as “new” members and are assigned new I.D. numbers and new initial join dates. Maintaining an initial join date is important for members to receive benefits that relate to longevity of membership. Lapsed memberships cannot be made retroactive.
For more information, about membership in Art Educators of Iowa, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about NAEA membership or the NAEA website, call toll-free at 800-299-8321 or email email@example.com