The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) celebrated 25 years this summer. The three-week residential experience is intended to mimic an intense college conservatory atmosphere. It is held on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington. Incoming juniors and seniors are study one of nine art disciplines including architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music. According to GSA Executive Director Carrie Nath, 1800 students applied this year for the 225 available positions. Forty-three counties were represented in this year’s class.
This was my first time photographing GSA. I was blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of the students. My visit was on the second to last day, when students were preparing for their final presentations and performances. I can’t wait to go back next year, mid-program, when the students are creating their pieces.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) publishes Kentucky Teacher to communicate directly with the state’s 40,000 public school teachers. The stories of this award-winning publication include news, perspectives, and practical, workable ideas for guiding students to higher levels of achievement.