Start with an Artshop

What Is An ArtShop?

Before you apply for Summer Program, consider attending a regional ArtShop date. ArtShops are day-long workshops on Saturdays in November held around the state.  While it is totally optional and definitely not a requirement to apply, it can help you assess where you are in your art form and help answer questions you may have. Parents, teachers, counselors and other friends of GSA also welcome to attend (for FREE!).

On a smaller scale than GSA’s Summer Program, ArtShops provide a similar immersion experience. Each fall, GSA schedules workshops in communities throughout Kentucky.  The purpose of these ArtShops is to provide high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors with the opportunity to spend a day in a facility close to their hometown in a hands-on arts enrichment opportunity.  Students must be residents of Kentucky and attend a Kentucky high school or home school.

Workshops are conducted by the region’s most outstanding teaching artists in nine arts disciplines that include architecture + design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, film + photography, visual art and vocal music.  Students also learn about the GSA summer program, audition and application procedures, as well as other arts opportunities in their area.  

Later in the afternoon, GSA staff cover the specifics of the summer program during an information session which is open to educators, advocates and families.

Participation in ArtShops does not affect a student’s chance of being accepted into the GSA summer program, but it can help a student be more prepared for a GSA audition/review.  Please note there is a separate application process for GSA’s Summer Program.


ArtShop Registration

There is a registration fee of $10.00 for students to supplement the overall cost of the ArtShop. Free and reduced lunch registrants have the opportunity to opt out of the registration fee. Payment information is included in the registration form.

Parents, teachers, counselors and other friends of GSA do not pay a registration fee but are welcome to attend as well. GSA has obtained EILA credit hours for educator ArtShop participation.  


ArtShops have finished for 2017, but there are still many resources to help you prepare your application!

Additional Prep Resources & Opportunities May Exist In Your Area!
Check this growing list out HERE!


If you're attending an ArtShop and require any access services or accommodations please give us a call  at 502.566.5192 or send us an email!


Summer Program 2019