General Information 
about the 
Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts
For Recruiters, Parents and Schools



Helpline: (502) 566-5192


- Every summer, our faculty of professional artists and educators guide over two hundred of Kentucky’s finest young artists through three weeks of incredibly intense (and incredibly fun) arts instruction. This year will be the fourth year on the Centre College Campus in Danville, KY.For three solid weeks, the students live, breathe, eat and sleep the arts. It’s a thrilling, often life-changing experience, as they meet new friends, explore their creativity, and discover new things about who they are and who they can be in the future.

- GSA auditions the Commonwealth’s most promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film + Photography, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Visual Art and Vocal Music. GSA historically takes place in the last 2 weeks of June into the 1st week of July. 

- GSA is an arts education program of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. GSA is offered at no cost to the student, and is made available through funding from the state, as well as private fundraising. The value of GSA is $3,800 per student.

- GSA has served all 120 counties in the Commonwealth through the summer program and its outreach workshops. GSA is a statewide program and encourages geographical and ethnic diversity. However, GSA does not establish quotas.

- GSA does not discriminate or give advantages to anyone. This includes preference based on region or county, urban or rural, experience, training, high school vs. home school, instrument, voice type, body type, etc.

- Potential and attitude are as important in the GSA audition/review process as is talent.The most talented student will not succeed at GSA if they are not interested in becoming better than they already are. GSA is not just an award – it is an opportunity to learn and grow.GSA adjudicators look at these young artists holistically, not just their product/performance.

- Students do not need to be nominated for GSA. Students may choose to apply without permission or nomination from any school official. In January, after a student has applied, she or he will complete the recommendation process.

GSA does not make selections until the completion of all auditions/reviews at the final site.

- Fast Facts about GSA Alumni: 98% go on to college; 98% earn scholarships; GSA Alumni average scholarship value = $79,600. It is important to note that GSA alumni have 26 scholarship opportunities statewide and nationwide from top colleges and universities who recognize the excellence of our program and the achievements of our students.


Application Process



In order to be considered for the 2018 Governor’s School for the Arts, students must meet the following selection criteria:

  • - Be a resident of Kentucky and currently be a sophomore or junior in a Kentucky high school or home school.
  • - Complete the application by January. GSA will not consider incomplete applications. There is a fee for applying: $30 for one art form/$35 for two art forms. Students that receive free and reduced lunch have the option to waive the fee.
  • - Complete the Recommendation Process
  • - If selected as a finalist, complete the Audition and Review process in March.


Recommendation Process

Students applying to GSA are required to have one teacher recommendation and one administrator recommendation per art form. Once an application is complete, links to an online recommendation form are sent to the teacher's and administrator's emails indicated on the application.

Applicants are required to have an administrator form completed by a school administrator (principal, guidance counselor, etc.) AND a teacher form completed by either a school teacher or private instructor whom can speak to the applicant’s artistic abilities & passion.