CAEA Governance

The California Art Education Association state government is composed of several State Areas and is organized to include State Officers (President, President-elect, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer), an Executive Committee (State Officers and Presidents of the Areas), and a State Council (Executive Committee, President-elect of each Area, and Standing Committee Chairs). Standing Committee Chairs (Youth Art Month Chair, Professional Awards Chair, etc.) shall be appointed as voting members by the State Executive Committee to serve a two-year term concurrent with the State President's term. Contract Employees such as the Conference Manager, etc. are non-voting members in accordance with a negotiated contract. For further information regarding CAEA State Government, see the CAEA Constitution below.

CAEA Regions and Areas

A CAEA member is automatically affiliated with the CAEA Region and Area in which the member resides or works.

CAEA consists of three geographical Regions: Northern, Central, and Southern. Click here for a detailed map of the CAEA Regions and the counties included within each CAEA Region.

Each CAEA Region consists of one or more CAEA Areas composed of members within specific geographic parameters of the Region. Each Area is required to have governance in the form of an Area Council composed of elected officers including a President, President-elect, Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Central Area (composed of members in the Central Region)
Northern Area (composed of members in the Northern Region)
Southern Area (composed of members in the Southern Region)

Historical Snapshot

CAEA was founded in 1965 by a union of the Southern and Northern sections of the Pacific Arts Association. The association is composed of three geographic regions: Northern Region, Central Region, and Southern Region. A State Council, which implements statewide policy and initiates activities of interest to its membership, governs each of the regions.

Members of a region can elect to form one or more CAEA Areas within the region. A CAEA Area formalizes governance, including a budget and fundraising to support Area activities; the Area governing board is elected by members that reside in that Area and includes a President, President-elect, Secretary and Treasurer. The president of an Area serves on the State Executive Committee with other elected state officers to govern the State Association.

CAEA sends two delegates to the annual National Art Education Association Convention to work on the National Art Education Association Strategic Plan, art education policies, and continued advocacy. CAEA is a part of the NAEA Pacific Region, which consists of state art education leaders from Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, and American Somoa. The Pacific Region continues the work of NAEA by holding an annual summer meeting that is hosted by one of its member states.

CAEA Constitution and Bylaws