NYCATA/UFT serves as a standing professional committee of
the United Federation of Teachers and operates in accordance with UFT committee
NYCATA/UFT MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage and
support art educators in their profession and to advocate for quality art
programs at all levels of education and in our communities.
We accomplish this by:
- Keeping abreast of policies and legislation that effect
our field, disseminating information about them, and responding to them in
writing to appropriate policy-makers.
- Sponsoring activities and events that highlight the work
of art students and art educators and the process and content of art education.
- Informing our colleagues, school communities and
legislators of our philosophy, purpose and activities by disseminating our
materials at the UFT Spring Conference and New Teacher city-wide meetings.
- Participating in city-wide and state-wide organizations
that: Provide opportunities for
recognition of our student artists and artist/teachers - Develop policies that effect art education - Advocate for the goals of art education - Provide and develop resources for
- Collaborating with other organizations that share our
concerns to develop a strong political voice, provide increased opportunities
for art educators and students, and raise awareness in our society about art
education resources and the critical need for art education for all students.
- Provide professional development for art educators by
sponsoring meetings, conferences, retreats and trips that meet the professional
needs of our members and a forum for them to network and socialize with each
- Recognize outstanding art students, art educators,
artist-teachers, administrators, art advocates and outstanding school art
- Sponsoring NYCATA/UFT Student Art Awards, student art
exhibitions, artist-teacher exhibitions and our NYC Art Educator of the Year awards and ceremony.
A) Active membership shall be open to all art
educators, art coordinators, art supervisors, art specialists, university and
museum educators, school administrators, classroom teachers, retirees, college
students, and any other individuals whose purposes are consistent with those of
B) Members are
entitled to all privileges of the Association. Voting in General Elections and running for office of President/Vice President is reserved for current and retired UFT members. All Active Board and Committee members may vote in general elections.
C) As a standing
professional committee of the UFT, NYCATA/UFT is supported by the UFT and there
are no membership fees to join. Membership is extended to all persons whether
they are UFT members or not.