Education for the Arts /Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency


Education for the Arts (EFA) is a program arm of Kalamazoo RESA. EFA’s roots are based on the unanimous desire of the nine public school districts in Kalamazoo County to make arts education a learning and teaching priority. EFA’s mandate is to enhance arts education opportunities and programs for every Kalamazoo County school through the development, maintenance, and strengthening of partnerships between school districts, teachers, and the rich array of professional arts institutions in southwest Michigan. EFA is recognized statewide and nationally as a leader in K-12 arts education for demonstrated excellence in philosophy and practice, and for its experienced and dedicated staff. In 2009, EFA was honored to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Art Education Association. EFA received the 2005 ArtServe Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts in Education. In 2006, EFA received the ArtServe Michigan Arts in Education Award. Further, three of EFA’s Excellence in the Arts high school instructors have been honored in recent years by their peers by being named Michigan Educators of the Year in the disciplines of dance, theater, and digital media/film.