General Information about the Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts
For Recruiters, Parents and Schools
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  • - Every summer, our faculty of professional artists and educators guide over two hundred of Kentucky’s finest young artists through three weeks of incredibly intense (and incredibly fun) arts instruction. This year will be the third year on the Centre College Campus in Danville.For three solid weeks, the students live, breathe, eat and sleep the arts. It’s a thrilling, often life-changing experience, as they meet new friends, explore their creativity, and discover new things about who they are and who they can be in the future.
    - GSA auditions the Commonwealth’s most promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music. GSA 2015 will take place from June 19 – July 9.
  • - GSA is an arts education program of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. GSA is offered at no cost to the student, and is made available through funding from the state, as well as private fundraising. The value of GSA is $3,800 per student.

    • - GSA has served all 120 counties in the Commonwealth through the summer program and its outreach workshops. GSA is a statewide program and encourages geographical and ethnic diversity. However, GSA does not establish quotas.
    • - GSA does not discriminate or give advantages to anyone. This includes preference based on region or county, urban or rural, experience, training, high school vs. home school, instrument, voice type, body type, etc.

    • - Potential and attitude are as important in the GSA audition/review process as is talent.The most talented student will not succeed at GSA if they are not interested in becoming better than they already are. GSA is not just an award – it is an opportunity to learn and grow.GSA adjudicators look at these young artists holistically, not just their product/performance.
    • - Students do not need to be nominated for GSA. Students may choose to apply without permission or nomination from any school official. In January, after a student has applied, she or he will receive recommendation forms for the school to complete.
    • - GSA audition locations have no bearing on the likelihood of a student’s acceptance to GSA. GSA does not make selections until the completion of all auditions/reviews at the final site.
    • - Fast Facts about GSA Alumni: 98% go on to college; 98% earn scholarships; GSA Alumni average scholarship value = $79,600. It is important to note that GSA alumni have 26 scholarship opportunities statewide and nationwide from top colleges and universities who recognize the excellence of our program and the achievements of our students. For more information go to and click on “Visit the Alumni Lounge”.

    Application Process



    In order to be considered for the 2016 Governor’s School for the Arts, students must meet the following selection criteria:

    • - Be a resident of Kentucky and currently be a sophomore or junior in a Kentucky high school or home school.
    • - Complete the application by December 31, 2015. GSA will not consider incomplete applications. There is a fee for applying: $10 one art form/$15 two art forms. Students that receive free and reduced lunch have the option to waive the fee.
    • - Complete the School Recommendation process
    • - Follow all Audition and Review guidelines outlined in the information online (updated for 2015 on October 1st).
    • - Complete the Audition and Review process in March/April 2016.


    Recommendation Process

    On January 30, 2016, a confirmation email is sent to each applicant with website links to download recommendation forms.  Detailed instructions are included in the email.  Applicants are required to have an administrator form completed by a school administrator (principal, guidance counselor, etc.) AND a teacher form completed by either a school teacher or private instructor whom can speak of the applicant’s artistic abilities & passion. Schools or instructors must mail forms to GSA on or before February 13, 2016. GSA does not accept recommendations by fax or email.


    Students can apply online or download an application from our website at beginning October 1st.  The application deadline is December 31, 2015.

    Artshops 2015


    November 7
    Paducah, McCracken County High School

    November 14
    Danville, Centre College
    Morehead, Morehead State University


    November 21
    Bowling Green, Bowling Green High School
    Louisville, Louisville Collegiate School


    Auditions 2016

    March 4
    Region 2
    Bowling Green, Western Kentucky University

    March 11 and 12
    Region 1
    Murray, Murray State University

    March 18 and 19
    Region 4
    Danville, Centre College

    April 1 and 2
    Region 5
    Morehead, Morehead State University

    April 8 and 9
    Region 3
    Louisville, Louisville Collegiate School