The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts

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As mentioned in the previous message sent to you, please do not forget to submit your mandatory finalist survey by 11:59 PM EST today! Congratulations once again for advancing to the final round of GSA 2024, we will see you in March!



The GSA 2024 Finalist List is now available on our website:!

There are four lists available, sorting finalists by: last name, artform, high school, and county of residence.

Regardless of the final outcome, we want to thank each and every student who applied this year and shared their unique artistry with us. Please congratulate yourself for taking on the challenge of completing and submitting your application to GSA. That takes a lot of courage and we are so proud of each and every one of you.

Thank you for representing Kentucky so wonderfully and please continue to make great art.


Hey GSA!

We have a wonderful opportunity for you to help us out and share your time with us as a volunteer for final-round auditions for GSA 2024. We are so excited to be back in Lexington as we cheer on this year’s finalists as they each vie for a coveted spot in one of our two GSA 2024 summer sessions.

For more information, please visit the volunteer section on our Alumni page at:

We hope to see you there and thank you for your service in advance!


There are TWO weeks left for eligible artists to submit their materials to win a chance to be the next Kentucky Youth Poet Laureate!

Be sure to visit by February 29th to submit!



Don't forget to sign up to perform or exhibit artwork at the upcoming "Spring 2024 GSA Alumni Coffeehouse" at the Leeds Center for the Arts on March 9th!

Interested artists have ONE WEEK left to submit as all submissions are due next Wednesday, February 21st.

Visit: to sign up!


Hey GSA Alumni!


You may now apply to become the next Kentucky Youth Poet Laureate!

The National Youth Poet Laureate Program is an amazing opportunity for artists who have a passion for poetry and are looking for a larger platform to help elevate their creations.

All eligible and interested applicants must submit by Thursday, February 29th, 2024! For more information and to apply, please visit:

GOOD LUCK! Now, go forth and make great art!


Hey GSA Alumni!

You are invited to join us in Frankfort, Kentucky on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 for our Legislative Appreciation Breakfast. This is a great opportunity for you to thank State Legislators for supporting GSA, as well as share your own personal GSA story with them. This event will be held in the Capitol Annex Building Cafeteria from 7:30am - 9:00am EST.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email our GSA Admin team at: [email protected]

We hope to see you there 😀


The GSA Admin team has limited availability today as we are hard at work processing our GSA 2024 applications and following up with missed emails/voicemails from this past weekend.

Rest assured, if you do not make contact with us today we will be sure to return any missed calls and messages when we return to full availability tomorrow, January 16th.

Don't forget, you can always email any questions to: [email protected]

Thank you!



All applications for GSA 2024 are due by 11:59PM EST TONIGHT!

We are cheering on all of our applicants as we approach the first deadline in an exciting journey toward the selection of our GSA 2024 participants!

Good luck to one and all!



If you have any last minute questions or need any assistance from the GSA Admin team, be sure to reach out to us no later than this Friday, January 12th! While applications are not due until Sunday, January 14th, the GSA Office is closed on weekends.

We wish all of our applicants luck and we cannot wait to begin the adjudication process!


Interested in attending GSA 2024? You have ONE week left to submit your application!

Visit to review our applicant guidelines for each artform and to submit your application ! As always, please reach out to us with any questions at [email protected] or (502) 566-5192.


GSA is actively seeking talented individuals to apply for our available Faculty positions for our GSA 2024 summer programs!

Please visit to view job descriptions and apply by Tuesday, 01/16/2024.


Please join us in congratulating our Fall 2023 Toyota Alumni Fund Grant recipients! These artists will use the awarded grant funds for various professional development opportunities and/or the development of an arts-based project.

Don't forget that our GSA alumni have exclusive access to this grant money generously funded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky!

The next TAF grant cycle will open in the Spring of 2024. We encourage all interested alumni to start brainstorming your ideas now! Please visit the "Alumni" page on our website ( for more information!


Interested in attending GSA 2024?

You have TWO weeks left to submit your applications. Visit to review our applicant guidelines for each artform and to submit your application today! As always, please reach out to us with any questions at [email protected] or (502) 566-5192.


Just a heads up that the GSA Admin team will have limited availability next week, December 25th - December 29th. Please feel free to reach out to us during this time and rest assured that we will follow up with you when we return to the GSA Office the week of January 1st.


Attention Arts Educators and Enthusiasts!

We are excited to announce vacancies available on our GSA 2024 Faculty! Please visit to view job descriptions and apply today!


We are still hiring for summer staff 2024, but be sure to get your applications in as quickly as possible! Various positions are available with our current need being focused on filling available DA positions. Visit for job descriptions and to apply today!

Photos from The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts's post 12/18/2023

GSA Community,

We are saddened to share the news that Vocal Music Faculty member, Eleanor McClellan, passed away on December 15th, 2023. Eleanor was a beloved member of our community, having served several years on the GSA Vocal Music Faculty. Her warmth and kindness will never be forgotten. Please keep Eleanor's family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

"I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)" - E.E. Cummings


GSA 2024 Applications are due in ONE MONTH! You can visit to learn all about the summer program and submit your application.

Please reach out to the GSA administrative team with any questions. You can reach us via email at [email protected] or via the GSA Helpline at (502) 566-5192 during our business hours (Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5pm EST


Hey GSA!

We are so excited to introduce you to the newest Director of GSA! Please join us in welcoming Jason Brooks to our team!

Brooks’ artistic and professional background include more than 15 years of experience in the arts, program administration, organizational leadership, and advancing inclusive excellence in education. Brooks most recently served as the Executive Director for Institutional Engagement at the University of Kentucky.

We look forward to seeing how our program will continue to grow and evolve under his leadership in the coming years.

Read more about Jason here:


Don't forget to submit your applications for GSA 2024 Summer Staff! All applications are due TONIGHT by 11:59PM EST. Please note: all interested applicants must be a high school graduate to apply. Additionally, those applying for the RA and DA positions must have graduated high school no later than 2022.

Visit: to apply!


Don't forget to submit your applications for GSA 2024 Summer Staff!

Applications are due Monday, November 20th by 11:59PM EST!

Please note: all interested applicants must be a high school graduate to apply. Additionally, those applying for the RA and DA positions must have graduated high school no later than 2022.

Visit to view complete job descriptions and to apply. Please reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions.

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Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA)

Every summer since 1987, GSA and our faculty of professional artist/educators have guided over two hundred of Kentucky’s finest young artists through three weeks of incredibly intense (and incredibly fun) arts instruction. GSA auditions promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Film + Photography, Visual Art and Vocal Music.

For three solid weeks residing on a college campus, the students discover the power of their art and their place as an artist. 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.

The GSA network consists of over 5,000 alumni. Once an alumnus, GSA offers a lifetime of network and support. Alumni have the opportunity to apply for the Toyota Alumni Fund (TAF) whose purpose to support alumni in professional development or community based creative projects. GSA asks alumni to perform and speak at events across the state and to be advocates for the arts in their communities. Alumni often return to GSA to work in many capacities including summer staff, guests artists and faculty members.

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