GSA application deadline is Dec. 28

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By The Staff

The Governor's School for the Arts will be accepting applications through Friday, Dec. 28.

The Governor's School for the Arts is a three-week intensive arts education program for Kentucky high school rising juniors and seniors interested in pursuing the arts for college and/or career.

The program takes place in Lexington at Transylvania University and allows students to train in nine arts disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, musical theatre, new media, instrumental music, vocal music and visual art. The program was founded 20 years ago to address the needs of an underserved population, the state's artistically gifted and talented young people.

Auditions will take place in late February through mid-March at Morehead State University, Murray University, Transylvania University and at Ursuline School for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

The 2008 class of the Governor's School for the Performing Arts will take place June 22-July 12.

More than 3,500 students have graduated from the program since 1987. The program has served students from 120 counties throughout the state during this time.

Each year, college level arts training is provided to more than 200 high school sophomores and juniors.

Currently, there are about 1,300 applicants applying for the program each year.

Recently, GSA was one of only 40 programs nationwide to be awarded a $25,000 NEA grant.

To learn more about the Governor's School for the Arts, eligibility requirements and application procedures, visit www.kentuckygsa.org or call (502) 562-0192.