Governor’s School for the Arts returns to UK

Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), will return to in-person and traditional instruction at the University of Kentucky for the summer of 2021. One of many events and educational programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that started in early 2020, last summer’s Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts was shifted to online and non-traditional instruction.

Photo by Ed Boomershine

The three week, arts-immersive program for rising high school sophomores and juniors across the state has for 34 years traditionally gathered hundreds of students on a Kentucky college campus to learn, collaborate and study various art forms. Students, educators and administrators have often noted the peer-support learning element of the program, with attendees connecting with like-minded peers.

This summer, students will once again be able to learn in-person again, with numerous safety measures and protocols in place. Kentucky Performing Arts is working closely with the Tourism, Arts and Heritage cabinet and the University of Kentucky to ensure students are safe, with numerous safety measures in place. Safety protocols will include mask-wearing, social distancing, reduced room capacities, and omission of public-facing performances.

The tuition-free three-week program will take place June 27 – July 17, 2021. Student-artists from 43 counties will be immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily online seminars, creative projects, master classes, and lectures. Instruction will be offered in nine disciplines: Architecture+Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film+Photography, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Visual Art and Vocal Music.

The Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) GSA is a public/private partnership inaugurated in 1987 by The Kentucky Center (now Kentucky Performing Arts), The Commonwealth of Kentucky and private supporters. Today, the funding required to make GSA a reality is provided by the state through the leadership of the Governor’s Office and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, as well as The Kentucky Center Endowment Fund, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and more than 300 corporations, parents, educators, alumni and friends of GSA.


The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, home to the Singletary Center for the Arts and the UK Art Museum, expresses commitment to the arts through dedication to teaching, scholarly research, artistic experimentation, performance, and exhibition.


The mission of Kentucky Performing Arts is to build lifelong relationships with the arts. As an integral member of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, Kentucky Performing Arts, along with the other agencies, seeks to preserve and promote the history, heritage and arts of the Commonwealth.



This article also appears on page 11 of the June 2021 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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