Deborah B. Reeve, National Art Education Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Arts education preK-12, art teacher development

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PROFILE: Deborah B. Reeve is Executive Director of the National Art Education Association, which includes its National Art Education Foundation. Her bio on the association's website reads:

Dr. Deborah B. Reeve is the Executive Director of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), located in the Washington, DC metro area. Appointed in February 2007, she is charged with the stewardship of NAEA’s mission—advancing visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.

NAEA is the premier education association dedicated exclusively to supporting professionals who are engaged in teaching, leading and learning in the visual arts. Members are located throughout the United States, Canada and overseas and include more than 22,000 preK-12 visual arts educators, college and university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and art museum educators, as well as collegiate students preparing to be art educators and more than 47,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society.

With 25 years of leadership experience in the professional association field, Dr. Reeve brings a proven record of nonprofit management, organizational development and creative leadership to her work in the arts education field. Her personal mission is to deepen the public’s knowledge and understanding of the visual arts as essential to human development.

Driving an ambitious Strategic Plan, she is building upon NAEA’s rich legacy and historical successes toward organizational transformation to meet 21st century challenges. A strong advocate for the value of the visual arts in enriching the lives and endeavors of human beings, she and a talented professional staff are implementing strategic initiatives aimed at championing and supporting teaching, leading and learning in the arts at every level while enhancing the “professional community experience” for art educators. Strategic initiatives include the design of an award-winning web site; development of a comprehensive communications plan; the design and implementation of a dynamic community of practice that leverages the power of learning communities through face-to-face and social media connectivity trends; and most recently, the launch of a Research Commission to nurture a research community among all art educators and identify a research agenda to inform public policy and planning in education.