Governor’s School for the Arts Final Day Festival showcases students’ talent, interdisciplinary work

Posted by Centre News in News 08 Jul 2015

IMG_8747-LfluteAs the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) concludes its final week at Centre College, students and faculty alike are preparing for the program’s annual Final Day Festival. The culmination of three weeks of intensive arts training, the festival showcases the artists’ work for parents and community members.

The festival will take place in various venues around campus and Danville on Saturday, July 11, from noon to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the community.

All nine disciplines—architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music—will have their work on display.

“The highlight of the festival is the overall quality and quantity of the work that the students are able to produce in only three weeks,” says Christephor Gilbert, GSA’s program director. “Often, we compare the amount of learning at the program to the amount of work that would be covered in a full semester college-level course.”

A “real highlight of the work we do,” Gilbert says, “is the interdisciplinary collaborations that happen between groups of students during the three-week program.”

Those works on display include: an outdoor dance performance, with a set by the architecture and design students and music by the instrumental music artists; a dance performance with accompaniment by the vocal music students; and new media films that were written, filmed, directed and scored by artists in the new media and instrumental music disciplines, and star students in the drama discipline.

“We want the showcase to give the students the real-life experience of performing in front of a large audience or curating and hanging a gallery show,” Gilbert explains. “It is also an opportunity to show our constituents—parents, friends, donors, legislators and alumni—the real talent that exists within the Commonwealth.”

GSA’s Executive Director Carrie Nath hopes that community members will “come and enjoy” the multitude of talents on display.

“GSA is a three-week conservatory, and the students work 10 hours a day, 7 days a week with the exception of Sunday morning,” she says. “A tremendous amount work is created within the arts disciplines as well as in a multi-disciplinary fashion. It takes five hours and a whole campus to highlight the breadth and depth of their creations.”

Below is a guide to the Final Day Festival events. Printed guides will also be available in the grand foyer of Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on the day of the event.




Jones Visual Arts Center
10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Creative Writing
Community Arts Center
Norton Center
12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Architecture and Design (scenic design), Instrumental Music (accompaniment)
Newlin Hall
Outside Sutcliffe Hall
1:30 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.
11:00 a.m.
Weisiger Theatre
2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Instrumental Music
Grant Hall — Band Room 113
Grant Hall — Gillespie Recital Room 114
12:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Musical Theatre
Jazz Band (accompaniment)
Newlin Hall
12:00 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.
12:00 p.m. — 12:10 p.m.
New Media
Crounse Media Lab
Vahlkamp Theatre
10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Visual Art
Jones Visual Art Center
10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Vocal Music
Weisiger Theatre
Presbyterian Church
12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Newlin Hall
5:30 p.m.

by Hayley Hoffman
July 8, 2015

photos courtesy of Mike Fitzer