High school students complete Kentucky Center GSA program

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This summer, The Kentucky Center hosted more than 250 eager young artists from every region of the Commonwealth, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) took place at Danville’s Centre College from June 21 to July 11. Completingthe program from Shelby County were Jonathan Watts of Christian Academy of Louisville, instrumental music; and Hannah Mattingly of Collins High School, drama.

During their three-week stay, 256 student artists from 47 counties were immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions.  Instruction was offered in nine disciplines:  architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music. Since 1987, more than 5,300 talented high school sophomores and juniors have attended the GSA summer program.  The program culminated on July 11 with an all-day festival that celebrated the achievements of Kentucky’s young artists. Additionally, 26 colleges and universities currently offer scholarships to alumni of GSA.

GSA is a public/private partnership inaugurated in 1987 by The Kentucky Center, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and numerous private supporters. Today, the vital funding required to make GSA a reality is provided by the state through the leadership of the Governor’s Office and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, as well as The Kentucky Center Endowment Fund, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and more than 300 corporations, parents, educators, alumni and friends of GSA.