Governor’s School for the Arts nurtures potential of young artists in fourth year at Centre

A total of 256 student artists, representing 100 high schools in 47 counties, will arrive on Centre College’s campus on June 18 for the 2017 Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA).

This is the fourth year Centre has hosted GSA, a statewide education program managed by the Kentucky Center that brings talented rising high school sophomores and junior from across the state for an annual intensive summer arts residency program.

Program Director Nick Covault is personally excited about being around the students and the 80 accomplished and creative faculty and staff that will be teaching and working with the students during the program.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the students challenge themselves and grow in their artistic ability,” he said, “as well as the great things they will accomplish while they are here.”

Throughout their stay, from June 18 to July 8, students will attend daily seminars, master classes and hands-on workshops in one of nine disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music.

Students will also participate in a day of community service, take a field trip to Louisville and enjoy on-campus productions, such as a contemporary chamber ensemble, a black Irish dance group and an opera singer.
In addition, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of GSA, the students will hear a presentation from and visit with Pentatonix member Kevin Olusola, who is a high profile GSA alumnus.

During their time on campus, the students will not only look forward to learning new things about their particular art form but also have a residential life experience, as they stay in campus residential halls.
“At GSA, we emphasis the artistic side of the program, but the fun continues when they go to the residential side of the street,” Covault said.

The final day, on July 8, showcases the students and the hard work they have put into the three weeks of the program. Family, friends and the Danville–Boyle County community are all welcome to join the event and check out what the program is about and what the outcomes are.

“We are so grateful to be here,” Covault said, “and appreciate Centre for being such a wonderful GSA host. Thank you Danville and Centre for really making this place feel like home.”

by Kerry Steinhofer
June 15, 2017