APECV is an association of professionals in visual art education affiliated in the International Society for Education Through Art ( InSEA) and Ibero American Network of Art Education .

At a national and international level APECV promotes activities in formal and informal educational settings such as schools, museums and cultural centres for children, young people and adults such as   visual arts contests, seminars, exhibitions and  workshops).  APECV main activities are specially directed to art teachers, e.g. organisation of conferences, symposiums, congresses, courses and workshops for teachers.

APECV also encourages teachers to make international interchange projects promoting diversity and cultural awareness.  

APECV has an in-service teacher training centre (Centro de Formacao de Professores Almada Negreiros CFAN) certificated by the Portuguese Center for Teachers Professional Development offering in-service art teachers courses for all the regions of Portugal. 

The association has a network with possibilities to disseminate information ,  products and results through conferences, seminaries, congresses;  webpage , open source e-books  and the journals  of art education ‘Imaginar’   and  Invisibilidades  (academic peer review,  call for papers). 

APECV headquarters are situated in Quinta da Cruz, Viseu,  and APECV has a collaboration protocol with the city of Viseu. 

APECV develop art laboratories  and exhibitions with artists for the community  ( art activism and community arts based works always related to educationasl purposes) 

APECV  has the support of  the Portuguese Ministry of Education and works   as a consultant  for  curriculum ( DGE)  and national examinations  audits ( IAVE).