The Newburyport Art Association was founded in 1948 by Sam Sargent. The NAA is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting our members' work, to providing art education for students of all ages and skills, and to keeping the visual arts accessible for students in our local schools and for special needs adults.

Today, the NAA has become the cornerstone of greater Newburyport's vibrant arts scene with over 600 artist members from around the region exhibiting their artwork in a full calendar of open, juried, invitational, featured artist and interest group shows during the year. In addition we offer a full calendar of studio classes and workshops for children, teens and adults, and we support two important community outreach programs: ArtLink & OpArt.The NAA is located along Newburyport's waterfront, just steps from the center of town, in a historic 1795 brick building housing three galleries that are open year-round to the general public. Artwork exhibited in our shows and featured in our Gift Shop.

In 2017 the NAA Board of Directors directed the NAA2020 Strategic Planning Committee to submit a Strategic Plan for the Board's review and adoption in December 2017 - and that is exactly what happened!  The cornerstones of the NAA2020 Strategic Plan are:

NAA Mission: Through diverse programming the Newburyport Art Association seeks to expand access to, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for ALL.

NAA Strategic Vision: Expanded access achieved across demographics and delivery points. Grow member numbers and types in ways that will reach new demographics by imagining the NAA programming beyond the borders of the physical footprint with enhanced uses of technology.

Details of the NAA2020 Strategic Plan will be forthcoming in 2018.