Governor’s School for the Arts – Apply by January 12



GSA is looking for students with skills in their art form, passion for creativity, an open mind, collaborative spirit, and an eagerness for learning to apply for the Summer Program. Does that sound like you? Apply now!

For three weeks every summer, over 200 of Kentucky’s most talented and creative high school students are invited to grow and learn together at the Governor’s School for the Arts’ college summer residence program.  Rising juniors and seniors in high school are offered in-depth instruction in one of nine artistic disciplines: architecture + design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, film + photography, visual art, and vocal music.

The honor of experiencing GSA includes:

– Attending the program for FREE (all students receive full tuition, room and board).
– Opportunities to learn in a supportive community of distinguished master-teachers.
– College preparation, career counseling, and the chance to meet college representatives during an exclusive GSA college fair.
– Arts-related community service opportunities.
– The excitement of performing/exhibiting at the Student Festival at the conclusion of the program.
– Serious fun!

Students are immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips. While each student specializes in one art form, all students participate in structured, interdisciplinary arts experiences designed to familiarize them with the joys and challenges of specialties other than their own.

Upon completion of the summer program, students become part of the ever-growing GSA alumni network, gaining a variety of opportunities such as scholarships and funding through the Toyota Alumni Fund (visit for more info).

Here’s how to apply:

— The application will go live October 4

— Complete the recommendation process in Application Part 1 — Recommendation Forms

–Visit your art form’s Applicant Guide here to get detailed art form – specific information for your application.

— Then, prepare & submit your Preliminary Round application online in Application Part 2 — Application

— All materials (application with art form requirements, recommendations) must be received by January 12.

— Applications will be pre-screened online.

— Notification of finalist status will happen February 28.

— Final Round Auditions and Reviews will be held March 23 & 24 at Centre College in Danville.

Note: Applicants may apply in up to 2 GSA art forms. If applying to a second program (aka a second application), you will need the App ID number in the confirmation email you received after submitting your first application.