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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. 

Art Education Keeps Kids In School!

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

2024 Santa Fe

Fall Conference Registration

Now Open

2024 NMAEA News and Events:

National Arts In Education Week 2024:

Advocates for the arts in NM met this week with some of our congressional leaders' staff  to illustrate some of the impact of NEA & NEH funding in our state, as well as ask for their support of:

1) Title 1,2 & 4

Already enacted, asks for 2025 increase

2) Art Education for All

Rep Ledger Fernandez

HR 5581

3) Creative Workforce Investment Act (Creative Economy Revitalization Act)

Bipartisan sponsorship

Rep Ledger Fernandez

Sen Lujan

HR 5019/ S2858

For more information on Federal Arts Legislation being introduced:

July 15 - Fall Conference Presentation Proposals Due

Please consider presenting at our annual fall conference this year in Santa Fe, NM.

June 30 - Awards Nomination Deadline for 2025 

Please consider nominating a colleague or community member for our Annual Professional Awards. Recognition Ceremony held during conference. 

June 13-15 - USSEA Conference

The NAEA Interest Group USSEA is holding their conference in Santa Fe at the Hilton. USSEA is focused on where culture and and art education intersect.

Fee is only $25!

June 7-8 - Master Class in Tucumcari

Mesalands Community College is holding a Master Class for Metals and Printmaking. Iron pour a sand cast tile, learn jewelry making and utilize their beautiful printing press for prolific creation. 

June 6-8 - Board Retreat

The NMAEA Leadership will be on retreat planning for next school year, updating programs, creating goals, and refreshing our work. 

May 15-17 - LESC Hearings, Belen

FAEA application updates are being considered, to which NMAEA Leadership and other arts education stakeholders, are opposed. FAEA is content-specific funding for grades K-6 , and is model legislation in NM that other states emulate. The removal of application requirements threatens the assurances currently in place for designated use.  Opportunities for public comments are available. 

May 11 - NMAEA Quarterly Leadership Council Mtg Meeting: 10:00

On line. All members are always welcome.


April 30 – NM Scholastic Art Awards Recognition Ceremony

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

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.

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

All members are always welcome.

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

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

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

Jan 13 - NMAEA Quarterly Leadership Council Mtg: Virtual 10:00 amBudget 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.

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


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