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Open to Sophomores & Juniors:

GSA is more than an arts-intensive summer program - it is an opportunity to be taken seriously as a creative individual, to be connected to thousands of Kentucky’s best thinkers and artists, and to fulfill your total potential!

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). GSA auditions promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music.


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.

Graduates of the summer program are eligible for a host of scholarships and educational opportunities in all fields of study.