The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts Opens Applications for 2018 Class

The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts Opens Applications for 2018 Class

The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts has announced that on October 4 it will be accepting applications for its 2018 class. The program, a three-week immersive arts education experience, opens doors to a variety of scholarship opportunities and will be celebrating its 31st year next summer. Applications are open to any high school sophomore or junior in the state of Kentucky. Interested students can apply at The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2018.

"Having celebrated thirty years of the Governor's School for the Arts this summer, we're enthusiastic to begin the process of finding our next class to join a long line of impressive GSA graduates," said Nick Covault, Director of GSA. "As a GSA alumnus myself, I know how the scholarships, connections and life-long friendships that GSA provides can alter a young person's trajectory forever. I look forward to celebrating Kentucky's brightest young artists once again in 2018, and resourcing them to become the Commonwealth's next generation of creative leaders."

Each summer, GSA hosts over 200 high school students from every region of the Commonwealth for a tuition-free immersive residential program on the campus of Centre College in Danville, KY. Over the course of their three-week stay, student artists are engaged in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions. Instruction is offered in nine disciplines: Architecture+Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film+Photography, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Visual Art and Vocal Music.

Since 1987, more than 5,900 talented high school rising juniors and seniors have attended the GSA summer program. Additionally, 30 colleges and universities offer scholarships to GSA graduates, with the average GSA alumnus earning $82,000 in scholarships.

This fall, GSA will also once again conduct ArtShops in Paducah (November 4), Danville (November 11), Morehead (November 11) and Bowling Green (November 18). ArtShops are preparatory workshops available to freshman, sophomores and juniors interested in applying to GSA; the day includes in-depth activities in students' art form of choice, information and tips on the application and audition/review processes, and an information session for parents and teachers. Students must register to attend ArtShops at

To attend the GSA summer program or an ArtShop, students must be residents of Kentucky and attend a Kentucky high school or home school. There is an ArtShop registration fee of $10 to offset the overall cost of the workshop, and a $30 application fee to apply to the summer program, both of which are waived for students on free or reduced lunch.


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.


The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events. As an integral member of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage cabinet, The Center, along with the other agencies, seek to preserve and promote the history, heritage and arts of the Commonwealth.

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