Ky. Center Governor’s School for the Arts opens applications

Published 12:32 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019

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The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) has announced that applications are now open for its 2020 class. The program, a tuition-free three-week immersive arts education experience, opens doors to a variety of scholarship opportunities and will be celebrating its 33rd year next summer.

The School for the Arts is open to any high school sophomore or junior in the Commowealth. Interested students can apply now through Jan. 10, 2020. at

Each summer, The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) welcomes more than 250 talented high school students from every region to the residential program on a college campus. During this program, rising student artists engage in studies across nine disciplines: Architecture and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film and Photography, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Visual Art and Vocal Music. The program will take place at the University of Kentucky in summer 2020.

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Acceptance to the GSA program is competitive, with 30 colleges and universities offering scholarships targeted at GSA alumni. There is an application fee of $30 for the GSA summer program, which is waived for students on free or reduced lunch; applicants are scored on their creative talent and passion and the application does not ask for GPA or SAT/ACT scores. For more information, go to


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, David F. Young and Cheryl Cahill, 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 build lifelong relationships with the arts. 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.