After completing the first week, The Kentucky Center's Governor's School for the Arts is now heavily involved in rehearsals, individual practice, creating many 2-D and 3-D pieces, designing, and simply creating and composing written works. Field trips, morning and evening performances and guest artists' workshops add to a jam packed week.
The first week opened with artist-in-residence, Jazz pianist/educator/speaker Harry Pickens, encouraging students to value the time that they have at GSA. Students adjusted to a vigorous schedule of events with studio evenings ending at 10 p.m. Students learn what it truly means to be a part of an artistic community from RA groups to bonding within their artistic disciplines to coming together as entire school for morning and evening performances.
Throughout the week GSA was visited by singer and songwriter Mitch Barrett, visual artist Sharon Weis and a Native American Pow-Wow Exhibition. In addition, faculty and staff share their talent and personal artistic stories as a part of personal geography performances.
GSA closed out the week with an all school gallery hop through downtown Lexington, field trip to The Kentucky Center including a work shop with cast members of Second City, a hip hop masterclass and a beautiful dance concert performed by members of the Crossing Lines Project, directed by GSA's dance faculty member, Joe Cox.
This is only a glimpse of what takes place during GSA. Simply imagine the incredible work ethic and dedication that 225 high school students possess. If you want to learn more about what GSA student's are doing daily, please visit GSA's website at www.kentuckygsa.org and click on a day. There you will find videos and photo galleries as well as a written synopsis of each day.