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The New Mexico Art Education Association (NMAEA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization created by art educators for art educators, from all grade levels, from across our state of New Mexico. Our membership is comprised of visual and digital art teachers, professors, administrators, and museum educators.

NMAEA is an affiliate of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) of over 20,000 members from across the country, since 1972. 

We hope you feel that you've found 'your people!'

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2024 NMAEA News and Events:

Jan 1 – Welcome new Leadership! Phyllis Roybal is president for 2024 !

Congratulate Nikki Turman as  president-elect, and Secretary Egan Ulbricht as our new secretary. Congrats to Amy Tanner as Director of ED&I.


NMAEA announces new position of Executive Director, and selected candidate, Michelle Lemons. Michelle can be reached at:

Jan 13 - NMAEA Quarterly Leadership Council Mtg: Virtual 10:00 am
Budget review. All members are welcome.

Legislative Session: Short Session, January 2 - February 15, 2024

Review (Dec 13, 2023) highlights if Arts are considered ‘core’ and if so, FAEA applications would become unnecessary. Note CTE focus. Click here for full 2024 LESC Report, note pages 52-57 for finance considerations.

Feb 9 - NM Advisory Council on Arts Education (NMAEA) Mtg
Statewide arts leadership from various groups and districts.

Feb 16 – DUE: NM Youth Art Month (YAM) Flag Contest
Thank you Dick Blick for your support! Elementary, Middle School, and High School categories due Feb 16th to Tricia Griffin via

March 9 - NMAEA Quarterly Leadership Council Mtg Meeting: 10:00
Location TBD. All members are always welcome.


March 23-24 NM Scholastic Exhibit Hanging Fri - 5:00 pm Sat - 10:00

All members are always welcome.


April 1 – 10 year Exhibition! NM Scholastic Exhibit Opening 5:00-7:00pm

Come enjoy the exhibition of our statewide, adjudicated art students, grades 7-12, in 26 categories!  African American Performing Arts Building, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, Open to the public.


April 30 – NM Scholastic Art Awards Recognition Ceremony

Check-in Begins at 5:00, Ceremony begins at 6:00

Come recognize the awardees of our statewide, adjudicated program, grades 7-12, in 26 categories!  African American Performing Arts Building, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, Open to the public.

April 3-5, NAEA National Convention: Minneapolis MN.
Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:00pm Delegates Assembly

Thursday 4:30 pm - NM Meet up in the Hyatt Regency
Friday at 4:30 pm - Celebrate Nikki Turman, NM Art Educator of the Year!


NMAEA was established in 1972.


There have been 27 NMAEA Presidents.


NMAEA is 169 members strong and growing. Recruit a colleague to join today. Click here.


NMAEA has 8 Executive Office meetings,  4 Advisory Council meetings and 1 members meeting a year. Members always welcome to all meetings and minutes are posted.


NMAEA has 5 Regions with each having a Regional Representative. Click here for more information.


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