As the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) wraps up its final week and debut at Centre College, students are preparing for the Final Day Festival, 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 on Saturday, July 12, from 12 to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the community.
“The Final Day Festival is an opportunity for parents, mentors and the general public to see the hard work students have put into this program,” says Christephor Gilbert, GSA’s program manager. “The day consists of a series of performances from our performing arts disciplines—Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theater, Vocal Music—and showings or gallery installations from our visual disciplines—Architecture, New Media, and Visual Art.”
GSA faculty members are also eager for their pupils to demonstrate their growth as artists over the course of the program.
“The Festival will showcase some of the finest talent in the Commonwealth,” says Dr. Hope Koehler, vocal music instructor for GSA. “You’ll see some amazingly mature work from people who are so young.”
Matthew Hallock, associate professor and chair of Centre’s dramatic arts program, who has been serving as the College’s liaison to GSA, has remained impressed by the young artists and the work they have put in to developing their talents.
“The energy and dedication these students have shown during their time here has brought a buzz to the campus that we have enjoyed immensely,” he says. “In addition, they remind us that study of the arts teaches important things: focus, commitment, presence and the ability to collaborate and to think creatively.”
The Festival will also be an opportunity to celebrate the success of the inaugural year of GSA on Centre’s campus.
“Our gratitude goes out to the Kentucky Center for the Arts and all the GSA staff for allowing us to be their partners in this important work,” says Hallock.