A total of 256 student artists, representing 101 high schools in 51 counties, are on Centre College’s campus for the 2018 Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA).
In its 31st year, and its fifth year at Centre, GSA is a statewide education program, managed by the Kentucky Center, that brings talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the state for an annual intensive summer arts residency program.
“It’s always a pleasure to have GSA here,” said Professor of Dramatic Arts Matthew Hallock, who serves as the liaison between Centre and GSA. “They are tremendous partners, and the staff cares deeply about creating a meaningful and transformation educational experience for the students, just like we do at Centre.”
Hallock described how GSA, and programs like it, are vital to the development of young artists.
“Over the three-week program, they get to work intensely with the stellar faculty of artist/teachers and alongside peers from across the state that are equally as passionate about their art form,” he added. “For many, it is the first opportunity they’ve had to be among so large a group of like-minded young people, and the sense of camaraderie and that connection can last a lifetime.
“In addition to the study of their own art forms, they engage in interdisciplinary work, creating collaborative pieces between multiple disciplines,” Hallock continued. “It’s exciting to see them bring energies and talents together from different art forms and what they create is always fascinating.”
As part of its program, GSA hosts visiting artists to perform for the students:
• In These Fields (folk opera), June 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre;
• Ben Sollee and Martha Redbone, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre;
• Chicago Repertory Ballet, June 28 at 7:30 in Weisiger Theatre.
The Final Day Festival, held on July 7, is the culmination of three weeks of intensive arts training and a chance for the young artists to show off their creative talents. The Festival will take place in various venues around Centre’s campus. The event is free and open to the community.
GSA updates can be found on Facebook and Instagram (@kygsa).
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 19, 2018