Area Governance

CAEA Regions Map


The California Art Education Association consists of three geographical regions: Northern, Central, and Southern. This map gives an overview of those regions; you may also click here for a more detailed map of the counties included within each CAEA region.


A CAEA area is made up of members within a CAEA 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.

Members within the regions can come together to form as many separate areas within that region as they want, as long as they are able to provide governance for each area that is created. If no governance is provided, a new, separate area may not be formed, and members within that geographic section of the state are either folded into the larger area within the geographic region in which they live (if one exists) or they are represented by the Regional Chair and can run activities through this state leader; financial oversight is provided by the CAEA Treasurer until new area officers can be elected.

Area Officers

Area officers are elected for a two-year term, starting in odd-numbered years. Area Councils carry out both statewide policy within their areas and initiate activities to meet local needs. Area Presidents sit on the State Council and attend meetings as voting members.

Current CAEA areas with Area Councils are as follows:

  • Northern Area, which includes members in the entire Northern Region
  • Central Area, which includes members in the entire Central Region
  • Southern Area, which includes members in the entire Southern Region with the exception of members who are employed in San Diego County
  • San Diego Area, which includes members who are employed in San Diego County


Establishment of New CAEA Areas

A region (or part of a region) can be established as an area by following a set of procedures and petitioning the State Council. The first step is establishing a governing body, or Area Council, which is made up of officers elected by members in that region (or part of a region) for a two-year term. Once the Area Council is in place, the prospective area can petition the CAEA State Council for a change in classification; the petition must provide specific boundary lines for the area, a budget, and a list of current CAEA members (with mail and email addresses). The State Council has set aside funding to assist new areas during the start-up year.

For more information about establishing a CAEA area, please email [email protected].