ArtShops provide an arts 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 and provides teachers and parents with information about the program.
Every summer for the past twenty-nine years, 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.
Rising Artists Program
The GSA Rising Artist Program (RAP) is a model capacity building arts program for high school students from counties where limited arts education resources exist within the schools and their communities. Currently in partnership with Morehead State University (MSU), RAP works with existing arts programming to offer essential arts training, bolster college and career readiness in the arts, and better prepare those students who want to compete for advanced programs like GSA.
Because GSA alumni are talented and driven individuals who want to make a difference in their communities, 30 colleges and universities (both inside and outside of Kentucky) offer scholarship opportunities to GSA alumni.
Representatives from over 80 colleges and universities from across the country audition and interview graduates in the fall during GSA’s College and Career Day. Students can meet with representatives from such prestigious programs as the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, along with great programs from the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Transylvania University, Morehead State University, Bellarmine University, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, and many more.
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) a fund set up 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.