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A Taylor County girl is among more than 200 young artists from across the state participating in The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts.
Haley Kirtley will attend GSA at Lexington's Transylvania University from June 22 to July 12.
During their three-week stay, 241 student artists from 54 counties will be immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions. Instruction is offered in nine disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, visual arts and vocal music. Newly added to the curriculum is new media.
Since 1987, more than 3,500 talented high school sophomores and juniors have attended the GSA summer program. The program will culminate on July 12 with an all-day festival that celebrates the achievements of Kentucky's young artists. Additionally, 18 colleges and universities currently offer scholarships to alumni of GSA.
GSA is a public/private partnership inaugurated in 1987 by The Kentucky Center, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and numerous private supporters. Today, the vital funding required to make GSA a reality is provided by the state through the leadership of the Governor's Office and the Kentucky Cabinet of Commerce, as well as The Kentucky Center Endowment Fund, Ashland, Inc., Toyota Motor Manufacturing and more than 140 corporations, parents, educators, alumni and friends of GSA.
Kirtley will study new media at GSA. A junior at Taylor County High, she is the daughter of Robert and Carol Kirtley of Campbellsville.