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Sample GISD senior citizen VIP badge with name, school year and photoSenior citizens 65 and older can get free general admission to GISD-hosted athletics and fine arts events with a VIP pass. Visit the Senior Citizen VIP pass page to learn more. 


Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

Clear Bag Policy 

To help ensure safety, guests will need to bring clear or approved bags to all GISD middle and high school Visual and Performing Arts performances. All bags/purses will be inspected. Only bring items you are willing to have checked.

Visit the Clear Bag Policy page for allowable bags and more details.

Our visual and performing arts programs continue to innovate daily and prove to be an invaluable part to our district as a whole. 

Educating the whole child

We are committed to the education of the whole child, and as a component of that education, believe that:

  • every student should have a basic knowledge, skills and appreciation of the visual and performing arts.
  • a quality arts education program will enable students to develop self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation, and cooperation necessary for success in life.

Additional information about the importance of the arts in education:

Visual & Performing Arts calendar

There are many shows and performances that take place across the district.  See events available for the public to attend by going to the Visual & Performing Arts calendar.

View Visual & Performing Arts calendar

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Joseph Figarelli or Brenda Hass in the Visual and Performing Arts department at 972-487-3174

Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVAPA)

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts magnet program is offered at Garland High School. Students can apply to pursue a diploma in theatre studies. 

Learn more by visiting the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts page or the AVAPA magnet page.

Contact us

For more information about our Fine Arts programs, contact:

Visual & Performing Arts