We have a long-standing tradition of quality and award-winning arts education, offering a wide variety of fine art programs at all levels.

As part of our commitment to educating the whole child, we believe 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.

See our students on stage

There are many shows and performances that take place across the district.  See the Fine Arts Calendar for events open to the public

Seniors, veterans and active duty military can get free admission with the GISD VIP Pass.

Note: A Clear Bag Policy is in place for all fine art performances.


School art programs

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. 

Visit our campus websites for more details on campus-specific fine arts activities.

Daniel Dinh, student from North Garland, with visual arts awards medals and one of his paintings of a dog.
Sachse Swingsters win Best in Class
GHS IB "Reel Owl Cinema" Film graduates posing for a photo at their annual film festival.
2021 Best Community for Music Education award

Best Communities for Music Education

GISD was recently named a 2022 Best Community for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This marks the district’s 13th designation, which recognizes and celebrates the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a well-rounded education for all children.

Texas Thespians Premier Communities for Theatre Education 2023-24

Texas Thespians Premier Communities for Theatre Education

GISD has been recognized with the 2023-24 Texas Thespians Premiere Communities for Theatre Education Award. This award is given to school districts that help their theater programs achieve above the Educational Theatre Association's and TEKS's standards, while also participating in the Thespian Society Troupe. To qualify, our district had to pass a review by the Texas Theatre Education Specialists by:

  • Having detailed knowledge of the curriculum
  • Meeting scheduling, class size, facility, safety, technical, and production requirements
  • Fostering strong support for the theatre program and Thespian Troupe involvement

Research shows that learning about theater has many benefits for students. It helps them build skills in teamwork, constructive criticism, problem-solving, trust, and cooperation. It also helps students develop confidence and empathy while learning about the world, which can help them in future jobs.

Contact us

For questions about the district's fine arts programs, contact:

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