Our Results

The truth is, GSA creates opportunities far beyond arts instruction.  Here are some facts about GSA alumni:

  • 98% go on to college
  • 98% earn scholarships
  • GSA Alumni average total scholarship value = $79,600
  • GSA alumni score 7.2 points higher on the ACT than the national average
  • GSA alumni score 8.5 points higher on the ACT than the Kentucky average


GSA established as a program of The Kentucky Center for the Arts and Kentucky Department of the Arts; Inaugurated under Governor Martha Layne Collins and The Kentucky Center President Marlow Burt.

120 students make up GSA’s first class, attending in six disciplines:  Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Visual Art, and Vocal Music.

KET airs a special program, “Governor’s School for the Arts – Getting In!”

GSA’s summer program alumni base reaches 1,000.

Musical Theatre added as a discipline.  GSA summer program enrollment increases to 200 students.  GSA moves from Louisville’s Bellarmine College to Lexington’s Transylvania University.

Architecture added as a discipline.  GSA hosts students from Irish Academy of the Arts.  GSA reunion at The Kentucky Center as it celebrates 20 years as the state’s performing arts center.

GSA inaugural exchange program with the North West Academy of the Arts.  GSA recognized as a national semifinalist for the “Coming Up Taller” Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

GSA recognized with Governor’s Award in the Arts.

GSA receives National Endowment for the Arts Summer Schools in the Arts grant.  GSA holds reunion at Transylvania University for 20th Anniversary.

New Media added as a discipline.

GSA celebrates the 25th Anniversary in the Bomhard Theater at The Kentucky Center


GSA moves summer program to Centre College.
GSA’s summer program alumni base reaches 5,000.

GSA welcomes the largest summer program class, 256 students.


2018 finalist announcement & auditions (1)