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Local students to study at GSA this summer

This summer, The Governor’s School for the Arts, a program of Kentucky Performing Arts, will virtually host 256 eager, young artists from every region of the commonwealth. Amid the novel coronavirus, GSA’s programming will take place online to prioritize student safety.

During the three-week program, student-artists from 55 counties will be immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily online seminars, creative projects, master classes, and lectures. Instruction will be offered in nine disciplines: architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, film and photography, visual art and vocal music.

Since 1987, more than 6,400 young rising high school juniors and seniors have descended on a college campus setting to immerse themselves in an arts intensive environment, with cross-discipline learning, special guest artist performances and lectures, and the opportunity to access critical life-changing college scholarships.

Participating from Jessamine County are:

— Sallie Goff of Lexington Christian Academy, instrumental music

— Ainsley Hojnacki of Sayre School, dance

— Yolee Louis of West Jessamine High School, drama

“Despite the obstacles thrown our way this year, we are thrilled to welcome a new class of Kentucky’s brightest young artists to the GSA family,” said Nick Covault, director of GSA. “Each year, GSA receives a competitive number of applicants who demonstrate an impressive repertoire of artistic excellence. Naturally, GSA’s finalized class roster represents Kentucky’s most promising young minds in the arts and offers an opportunity for these students to spend the summer refining their skill sets and emerging as the next generation of creative leaders.”