Governor’s School for the Arts returns in-person this summer

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)The Governor’s School for the Arts  will return to in-person and traditional instruction at the University of Kentucky this summer, the Kentucky Performing Arts announced Monday.

One of many events and educational programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that started in early 2020, last summer’s Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts was shifted to a successful online and non-traditional instruction.

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The three week, arts-immersive program for rising high school sophomores and juniors across the state has for 34 years traditionally gathered hundreds of students on a Kentucky college campus to learn, collaborate and study various art forms.

Students, educators and administrators have often noted the peer-support learning element of the program, with attendees connecting with like-minded peers and often leaving with new lifelong friends afterwards.

This summer, students will once again be able to learn in-person, with numerous safety measures and protocols in place.

Kentucky Performing Arts is working closely with the Tourism, Arts and Heritage cabinet and the University of Kentucky to ensure students are safe, with numerous safety measures in place.

Safety protocols will include mask-wearing, social distancing, reduced room capacities, and omission of public-facing performances.

The tuition-free three-week program will take place June 27–July 17, 2021. Student-artists from 43 counties will take part in a rigorous schedule of daily online seminars, creative projects, master classes, and lectures. Instruction will be offered in nine disciplines:  Architecture+Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film+Photography, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Visual Art and Vocal Music.

GSA is a public/private partnership inaugurated in 1987 by The Kentucky Center (now Kentucky Performing Arts), The Commonwealth of Kentucky and numerous private supporters.