Lois Cowles Harrison
Center for the Visual
and Performing Arts

Academic Calendar

Bell Schedule
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

If you require any type of accommodation for an event sponsored by the Polk County School District, accomodation requests must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event. To arrange accommodation, contact the School or department sponsoring the event. For assistance, contact the Office of Equity & Compliance in Human Resources Services at 863-534-0513. If you are hearing or speech impaired, pleae contact the agency by calling Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771.

Please note these important dates!

Orientation – Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Day of School for Students – Monday, August 24, 2015

Holiday (Labor Day)  – Monday, September 7, 2015

Student Early Release – Wednesday, September 16, 2105

Interim Report – Thursday, September 24, 2015

Student Holiday ( Staff Development) – Monday, September 28, 2015

Student Holiday (Teacher Work Day) – Monday, October 19, 2015

Report Cards – Tuesday, November 10, 2015

School Holiday (Veteran’s Day) – Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Student Early Release – Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holidays ( Thanksgiving) – Monday, November 23 – Friday, November 27, 2015

Interim Reports – Thursday, December 10, 2015

Winter Break – Monday, December 21, 2014 – Friday, January 1, 2015

School Holiday ( Dr. Martin Luther King Day) -Monday, January 18, 2016

Student Holiday (Teacher Work Day) – Monday, January 25, 2016

Report Cards – Thursday, February 4, 2016

School Holiday (President’s Day) – Monday, February 15, 2016

Student Early Release – Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Staff Development Day – Friday, February 26, 2016

Interim Reports – Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spring Break – Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25, 2016

Student Early Release – Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Report Cards – Tuesday


Fine Arts Series

(Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here)

19    Five, Art Exhibit (no reception)

9      Faculty-Student Showcase

23    Jazz Band Concert

6-8  West Side Story

8,9  West Side Story, 2 P.M.
7      Many Happy Returns,
         Alumni Art Reception, 6 P.M.
13   Symphony Orchestra Concert
18   Piano Concert

11,12 Music of the Season

12      8th-Grade Invitational and Seasonal
          Sensations Art Reception, 5 P.M.
16 Guitar Concert

22,23 Dance Concert

2      Sister Cities Art Reception, 6 P.M.
2      Orchestra Concert with St. Olaf College
20   Senior Visual Arts Exhibit at Polk Museum
        of Art, 6 P.M.

6        Focal Point, Art Reception, 6 P.M.
6,7   The Wiz
8       The Wiz, 2 P.M.
10      Choral Chamber Concert
14      Roll Out The Red Carpet, 7 P.M.
17      Piano Concert
20     Wind Ensemble Concert
26      String Ensemble Concert

16-18 Bus Stop,*
19       Bus Stop,* 2 P.M.
21       Guitar Concert
24       Blurred Vision, Art Reception, 6 P.M.
24,25 Motion Picture Arts Film Showcase,**
25       Motion Picture Arts Film Showcase,** 2 P.M.

1,2    Dance Concert
7        Symphony Orchestra Concert
14      Choral Concert
21      Jazz Band Concert

*Performance in Black Box Theatre
**Event in Film Theatre

The box office will open one hour and thirty minutes prior to curtain on the dates of the performances. The house will open approximately thirty minutes prior to curtain. Credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) are accepted on-line and at the box office. The box office does not accept cash denominations of $50 or more due to county policy. Harrison performance start promptly at 7:30 p.m. for evening performances and 2:00 p.m. for matinees regardless of a line at the box office window. If you wish to purchase tickets the day of the performance, please plan on arriving no later than 7:00 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for matinees in order to park, get tickets, and see


Harrison News

Season Sponsor

Harrison is re-opening auditions for the following departments for the 15-16 school year:
Guitar – Grade 9,11, only
Creative Writing – Grades 11,12 only
Audition information can be found here.

Fostering Creativity for a Lifetime

The Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts represents the finest in arts-education in Polk County. In addition to student and public spaces, a 95,000 square-foot expansion completed in 2008 has technologically-advanced stages, studios, and classrooms. The multi-million dollar complex provides necessary enhancements of existing programs and space for future expansion, as well as potential for the addition of new programs.

Harrison is a public school of choice with enrollment by audition only. Past graduates have attended such prestigious post-secondary institutions as Harvard University, The Juilliard School, The Cooper Union, Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, DePaul University, and Princeton to name just a few. Harrison alumni have gone on to star in major Broadway productions, be featured on network television programs, pursue roles in professional dance companies, and be successful practicing visual artists.



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