More than 220 student artists will arrive on Centre College’s campus this weekend for the 2014 Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA). An annual arts-intensive summer residency program for rising Kentucky high school sophomores and juniors, GSA is committed to nurturing young artists and helping them to fulfill their artistic potential.
During the students’ three-week stay, which begins June 22 and concludes July 12, they 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. The students will also participate in a day of community service, visit regional arts attractions and showcase their creative talents at a Final Day Festival that will be free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.
This is the first year Centre will host the program, continuing each summer through 2016. Matthew Hallock, professor and chair of Centre’s dramatic arts program, is serving as the College’s liaison to GSA and is eager to welcome the school to campus.
“Centre is very excited to be the host for this tremendous program,” he says. “We take great pride in being able to be of service to the Commonwealth by creating a home for these young artists.”
Hallock also believes Centre will be more than able to meet the needs of this type of arts education initiative.
“Our campus is uniquely suited to provide the kind of close, personal and nurturing environment, as well as world-class facilities, for the practice of the artistic disciplines taught in GSA,” he says.
Carrie Nath, GSA’s executive director, has been very pleased with the College’s support and efforts to aid the program so far.
“It’s clear that everyone involved from Centre has embraced this program in every way and that we are true partners in this,” says Nath.
“This, coupled with Centre’s exemplary facilities, has made the collaboration a perfect fit in every way,” she continues.
While Centre is providing GSA with a new home, the College is also familiar with several of the program’s faculty members.
Margaret Fenton ’05 is instructor and chair of GSA’s new media program, and has done documentary multimedia work focusing on non-profits in the U.S. and abroad.
Doug Drewek, Centre’s Jazz Ensemble director and adjunct instructor of saxophone and clarinet, will serve as one of GSA’s instrumental music instructors.
Some guest artists with special Centre connections have also been invited to share their knowledge: Patrick Kagan-Moore, Centre’s Charles T. Hazelrigg professor of dramatic arts, will work with drama students, and Chris Chivetta, from Hastings and Chivetta Architects in St. Louis, Mo., will spend a day with architecture students. Chivetta’s firm has had a hand in the design of every new building on campus, including the Campus Center, Pearl Hall and A. Eugene Brockman Commons, as well as renovations to Crounse and Young Halls.
This year’s participants are equally impressive. Two hundred and twenty-three talented students were chosen from over 1,800 applicants. Members of this year’s class represent 42 counties and 94 high schools from every corner of the state.
Hallock is certain Centre is up to the task to make this year’s program a success: “We feel confident that we will be providing a strong experience for the program, and I expect this will be a partnership that we all value and hope will last a good long time.”
by Caitlan Cole