Each year, Education for the Arts develops an artistic repertoire, known as the EFA Rep, that is made available to schools within the Kalamazoo RESA service area. The EFA Rep includes high-quality, professional works of art in each semester in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, and occasionally architecture and film.
Schools may access the works of art on the EFA Rep at little or no cost by participating in one or more of the following programs: the Aesthetic Education Program, the Alternative Arts Initiative, the EFA Presents! Program, and/or the PACE Program. Each program provides schools with access to the EFA Rep, however, the opportunities and admission fees vary by program (see below).
Admission for accompanying teachers and chaperones is free; however, EFA limits the number of adults to one per every 10 students. Exceptions are made to accommodate special needs requests, such as students being accompanied by parapros or sign language interpreters.
In addition to free or low-cost admission to professional works of art, EFA provides a bus transportation rebate to assist schools with arts and cultural field trip expenses. Eligible schools within the Kalamazoo RESA service area include public K-8, alternative education, and special education schools, as well as private K-8 schools that choose to participate in EFA programs. It does not apply to students in grades 9-12 enrolled in traditional high school settings. The rebate applies only to school bus transportation to approved events in Kalamazoo County. It does not cover parking expenses, transportation via personal vehicles, or out-of-county travel.
Aesthetic Education Program
The Aesthetic Education Program provides K-8 schools with admission and priority booking for three works of art on the EFA Rep. Schools are assigned a professional Teaching Artist for each selected work of art. The Teaching Artists and classroom teachers collaboratively plan and facilitate inquiry-based, experiential lessons designed to prepare students to view the works of art and reflect after the viewing experiences. EFA heavily subsidizes the program and schools pay only a flat rate of $10.00 per student per school year. Final student counts will be taken during the spring semester and schools will receive an invoice from the Kalamazoo RESA Business Office in June for the amount due.
The Aesthetic Education Professional Development Financial Credit
To further aid schools in offsetting the cost of the program, EFA offers the Aesthetic Education Professional Development Financial Credit. Classroom teachers may earn financial credit to apply towards the school’s annual Aesthetic Education Program cost. Classroom teachers earn $15.00 per hour by participating in Large Group Brainstorming Sessions and other Aesthetic Education professional development opportunities offered by EFA during the school year and the summer. With full participation in these professional development opportunities, it is possible for schools to offset the entire $10.00 per student fee for the Aesthetic Education Program. The majority of participating schools use this opportunity to offset the entire cost of the student fees!
Alternative Arts Initiative
The Alternative Arts Initiative is available to alternative education schools and special education programs. The program provides free admission to selected works of art, along with specialized Teaching Artist residencies designed to prepare students to engage with the works of art.
EFA Presents! Program
The EFA Presents! Program is available to K-12 schools and, occasionally, preschools. EFA Presents! provides students with free or low-cost admission to the works of art on the EFA Rep. The fees vary according to student grade level.
Elementary and Middle Schools | Free Admission Credit
Elementary and middle schools receive one admission credit per enrolled K-8 student. The admission credits may be redeemed for free admission to any combination of works of art available on the EFA Rep. One student attending a work of art equals the use of one admission credit unless otherwise noted. In addition, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers docent-guided tours of Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts and My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action free-of-charge to school groups. Tours do not count towards using your school’s EFA Presents! Admission Credits.
If a school uses all of its credits for the school year, but wants to attend additional works of art, it may purchase extra admissions at a cost of only $2.00 per student for field trips or $100.00 per school for the Fantastic Fur & Feathers traveling exhibition. Schools electing to purchase additional admissions will receive an invoice from the Kalamazoo RESA Business Office in June for the amount due.
High Schools | $2.00 Admission Fee and Bus Rebate for Select Works of Art
High schools may purchase admission for students in grades 9-12 at a heavily subsidized rate. Admission costs $2.00 per student for most field trips or $100.00 per school for the Fantastic Fur & Feathers traveling exhibition. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers docent-guided tours of Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts and My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action free-of-charge to school groups. Schools electing to purchase admissions will receive an invoice from the Kalamazoo RESA Business Office in June for the amount due.
Special offer: The EFA Bus Rebate usually does not apply to high schools. For 2017-2018, however, high schools may use the Bus Rebate to attend Take Me To The River: Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue. Admission costs $2.00 per student.
Preschool Classrooms | $2.00 Admission Fee for Select Works of Art
The works of art on the EFA Rep typically are not suitable for students younger than 5 years old. Occasionally, the EFA Rep includes a work of art designed for younger audiences and preschool classrooms may purchase admission at a heavily subsidized rate. Schools electing to purchase admissions will receive an invoice from the Kalamazoo RESA Business Office in June for the amount due.
Special offer: For 2017-2018, preschool students are invited to attend Fish And Games’ production of The Polar Bears Go Up! Admission costs $2.00 per student. The EFA Bus Rebate also applies to preschool classrooms for this performance.
The PACE Admission Credit
The PACE Admission Credit provides K-8 students enrolled in the PACE Program with free admission to attend a professional dance or theater performance, depending on the discipline being studied. The PACE Admission Credit is available only to schools currently participating in the PACE Program. The Bus Rebate applies to all PACE Program field trips.