Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The 2007 session of the Governor’s School for the Arts will reach the half-way point on Wednesday with its 20th-year anniversary celebration and final day performances still on the horizon.

The GSA summer program includes 226 rising junior and senior Kentucky arts students. The 2007 session features students from 50 counties and about 86 Kentucky high schools. Over the 20 years of its existence, the GSA has provided scholarships for over 3,300 students from all 120 counties.

During their 21-day stay on the Transylvania campus, the students are immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions. Instruction is offered in eight disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, visual arts and vocal music.

Students, faculty and staff have already hosted a meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly’s interim joint Education Committee. This Saturday, alumni from the program have been invited to Transy for a reunion that will include performances, an alumni art exhibit and classroom visits.

On July 4, all students will attend a field trip to the Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Final performance day is set for July 7, where family, friends, and family are invited to attend performances and art displays featuring the work of the students. Graduation is set for 5 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Media are invited to attend remaining daily GSA sessions as well as final day performances on July 7. For more information, contact GSA executive director Heather Weston Bell at 859 281-3532.