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|Isle of Wight||5,630|
The Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) located in Norfolk, Virginia offers premiere arts training in six departments: Dance, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Theater & Film, Visual Arts and Vocal Music. In the early eighties, during the administration of Governor Charles Robb, Governor’s School was established to bring together talent and motivated students to provide them with opportunities to study in a concentrated and intensive environment. Louise Lowenthal, a Virginia Beach art teacher, spearheaded the development of the first Governor’s School for the Arts, and it became a full-time program in 1987.
GSA now serves the school divisions of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Hampton, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach with transportation provided by the local school divisions. The school requires no tuition fee for students and accepts students by audition. Students from grades 8-11 are eligible to apply and may earn three credits each year they attend GSA. Each department at GSA develops a season of performances and exhibitions open to the public, which they present in professional theaters and galleries. The Art school presents over 50 productions and shows a year.
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