Governor’s School for the Arts gives back to the Danville community

Posted by Centre News in News, Performing Arts 30 Jun 2015

IMG_5226-LThe largest-ever class of the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) at Centre College recently took part in a day of service for the Danville and Boyle County communities.

GSA is an annual intensive summer arts residency program that gathers talented rising high school sophomores and juniors from across the state. Instruction is offered in nine disciplines: architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music.

The student artists assisted in clean-up efforts at various locations in downtown Danville, including the Community Arts Center and Batewood Park. They also worked on an arts-related project at the Dollhouse Museum and played games with children at the Wilderness Trace YMCA summer camp. In nearby Kentucky communities, GSA students took part in the grounds upkeep at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, as well as the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park in Nicholasville.

IMG_4957Several disciplines incorporated their art forms into their service activities. Those in the musical theatre discipline performed for senior citizens at the McDowell Place of Danville (pictured right), while artists in the architecture and design discipline worked in Centre’s Community Garden, located by the Emeritus House on Maple Avenue (pictured above).

Jordan Hines, an instructor in the architecture and design discipline, was grateful for the valuable learning experiences the community garden afforded his students. Several of the artists in his discipline had never seen a tomato plant yet had the opportunity to plant a few that day.

“We wanted to come by the garden to explain to the students about how important it is to think locally and how we take care of each other,” says Hines.

Matthew Hallock, Centre professor of dramatic arts and the College’s liaison to GSA, believes the “aesthetically beautiful and safe environment” of Danville is the perfect location for both the student artists’ studio and service work.

“A lot of the work that happens at GSA helps the artists see how the work that they do in the arts is not just entertainment for themselves or amusement, but it’s actually an act of service to your community,” Hallock explains.

GSA’s Program Manager Christephor Gilbert shares Hallock’s sentiment.

“GSA instills in the young artists within the program that, as important as it is to learn as much as they can about their art, they also should feel compelled to give back to their communities through their service and their art,” he says.

“By having a day where the students work on various projects through the community in which the summer program is housed, we as an organization are giving back to Danville for their gracious housing of the Governor’s School for the Arts,” Gilbert adds.

Learn more about the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, taking place on Centre’s campus through July 11.

by Hayley Hoffman ‘16
June 30, 2015

Photography credit: Mike Fitzer

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