More than 250 student artists will arrive on Centre College’s campus this weekend for the 2016 Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA). This is the College’s third year hosting GSA, a statewide arts education program managed by the Kentucky Center that gathers talented rising high school sophomores and juniors from across the state for an annual intensive summer arts residency program.
Matthew Hallock, professor and chair of Centre’s dramatic arts program who serves as the College’s liaison to GSA, says he is eager to welcome the program to campus again this year and anticipates the incoming class, which represents 53 counties and nearly 100 Kentucky high schools, will not disappoint.
“We have loved having this vibrant, noisy, dynamic group of students and faculty with us each summer,” explains Hallock. “For three weeks the campus buzzes with positivity and creative energy.”
Throughout the stay, which begins June 19 and concludes July 9, 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, visit regional arts attractions and enjoy on-campus productions, including a free public performance by Danville native and former Kentucky poet laureate Frank X Walker celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Affrilachian Poets on June 29 in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts.
According to Hallock, Centre offers a strong presence within the everyday workings of the program, with numerous students, faculty and alumni working on staff as resident advisors, discipline assistants and instructors. He counts this among the many reasons exemplifying the College’s shared commitment and strengthened partnership with GSA to nurture the potential of young artists.
“Centre is the perfect fit for this program,” says Hallock. “Not just because of our facilities and location, but because GSA really is a natural extension of the College’s core values: to enhance the students’ creative and critical thinking skills, to highlight the value and power in the intersections of different disciplines and to create truly transformational experiences for all of our students.”
Carrie Nath, GSA’s executive director, agrees.
“When we first moved to Centre we said that it already felt like coming home. Things have not changed—and the partnership expands every year,” she explains. “What a treasure to be so welcomed by Centre College and Danville.”
The three-week #GSA16 schedule will culminate with a public showcase of students’ creative talents during a Final Day Festival on Saturday, July 9.
by Amy Clark Wise
June 16, 2016
photo courtesy of Mike Fitzer/Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts