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The Arts are yet alive in Gary!!! Welcome to Gary Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The vision of Gary Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts is to ensure that each scholar develops his or her academic, artistic, and personal potential by integrating rich and rewarding academic experiences with the fine arts in a safe, orderly and nurturing environment. Offering Choir/Music and Drama in our Arts Department has gained us social media traction, as well as various Chicagoland News stations for our “Thriller” remake. Our video gained over 10K views on YouTube. Fostering academics first, we encourage our scholars to be brilliant in all things. Why Gary Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts? Here at Gary Middle School VPA, we are preparing our scholars through rigorous academics and the fine arts for the world tomorrow.

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Ignite Your Passion at Our Performing Arts Middle School: Your First Step to Stardom!

Our Performing Arts Middle School is where creativity knows no bounds and every student is a star in the making. This is not just a school, but the first act of your child’s illustrious journey in the performing arts. Under the guidance of our dedicated faculty, students explore their artistic passions, develop their unique skills, and gain invaluable stage experience. 

But the journey doesn’t end here. As a feeder program to the prestigious High School Performing Arts Program, the West Side Theatre Guild, we offer our students an unmatched opportunity to advance their artistic journey in an environment that’s second to none.

Join us at our Performing Arts Middle School, where every day is a new performance, a chance to create, express, and inspire. Step into the spotlight and let your child’s talent take flight on the path to artistic excellence!

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As the proud principal of Gary Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts (GMSVPA), I am thrilled to share with you the vibrant pulse of creativity and academic excellence that defines our school. Our motto, "The Arts are yet alive in Gary!" is not just a statement; it's a testament to the passion, dedication, and talent that flourish within the walls of GMSVPA.

Our vision at Gary Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts is clear and ambitious. We are committed to ensuring that each of our scholars develops their academic, artistic, and personal potential. We achieve this by seamlessly integrating enriching academic experiences with the fine arts within a safe, orderly, and nurturing environment. This holistic approach to education empowers our students to excel in all areas of their lives.

The Arts Department at GMSVPA is a beacon of creativity and innovation. Offering Choir/Music and Drama, we have recently garnered attention on social media and from various Chicagoland News stations for our remarkable “Thriller” remake. This project not only showcased our students' talents but also brought our community together in celebration of their achievements. With over 10,000 views on YouTube, this video is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and spirit of our scholars and staff.

While we take immense pride in our artistic accomplishments, academics remain at the forefront of our mission. At GMSVPA, we foster an environment where academics and the arts complement and enhance each other, encouraging our scholars to strive for brilliance in all things. This dual focus prepares our students not only for the academic challenges they will face but also equips them with the creativity, resilience, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the world tomorrow.

Why choose Gary Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts? The answer is simple. At GMSVPA, we are not just preparing our scholars for the next stage of their education; we are preparing them for life. Through rigorous academics and immersive fine arts programs, we are nurturing the next generation of leaders, innovators, and artists.

As we look to the future, I am filled with excitement and optimism for what our scholars will accomplish. With the unwavering support of our teachers, staff, parents, and the broader Gary community, I am confident that we will continue to achieve great heights.

Antionette Dixon

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Location: 301 Parke St, Gary, IN 46403

Telephone: (219)321-8547

School Hours: M-F: 7am – 4pm

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