La Joya Independent School District Fine Arts Program Nurtures Creativity and Promotes Scholarship

April 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm EST
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The La Joya Independent School District’s fine arts department is nurturing budding talents, serving the community, increasing creativity and, yes, still giving students a reason to stay in school.

The program, which services more than 2,000 students each year from the elementary level through high school and is comprised of many disciplines including dance, orchestra, drama, choir, band and art, provides students with a creative outlet that keeps them engaged.

At the epicenter of the fine arts department is the state-of-the-art La Joya Independent School District’s Performing Arts Center on the grounds of La Joya High School. Acoustically, it is considered one of the best-designed buildings in the region and is available for students throughout the system to use for rehearsals, classes and performances.

The center, built to resemble the shape of a mariachi guitar, features a main theater that seats 1,420 people and a smaller Black Box Theater that seats nearly 200. The facility also is used by community groups.

The district's dance department is one of the largest in the state and is often found rehearsing and performing in the Performing Arts Center. In addition to ballet, tap and modern dance lessons, the students return to local roots with folkloric dance and mariachi programs that have become some of the area’s most sought-after entertainment.

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