Out of more than 1800 applicants, these students were chosen across nine creative disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art, and vocal music.
Every summer for the past twenty-five 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 (since 2000, on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington).
For three solid weeks, the students live, breathe, eat and sleep the arts. 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.
What does GSA cost students? Not a dime. GSA is free to all students selected for the program. GSA pays the entire cost of $2,800 per student through the General Assembly under the leadership of the Governor, along with donations from individuals, corporations and private foundations.
The truth is, GSA creates opportunities far beyond arts instruction. Here are some facts about GSA alumni:
- 98% go on to college
- 93% earn scholarships
- GSA Alumni average total scholarship value = $59,000
- GSA alumni score 6 points higher on the ACT than the national average
Graduates of the summer program are eligible for a host of scholarships and educational opportunities in all fields of study. Representatives from as many as 70 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. Plus, twenty colleges and universities welcome GSA alums with scholarships, just for having completed the program.
This promotional video provides an overview of the GSA Summer Program: