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A showcase of Kentucky’s best and brightest performers, featuring music, dance, dramatic readings, poetry, and more.
Governor’s School for the Arts

The Governor’s School for the Arts is a summer program for high school students who are talented in the arts. This intensive three-week program, held at a Kentucky university, gives young performers, musicians, writers, and visual artists an opportunity to immerse themselves in their own art forms as well as to collaborate with young artists working in other forms. They work with professional artists and attend a variety of cultural events. The three-week session concludes with a showcase of their work. The young artists, who audition for the limited number of spots in the program, come from across the state. The Governor’s School for the Arts is a project of the Kentucky Center for the Arts; the director is poet Frank X Walker.

From time to time, In Performance showcases the GSA by inviting representatives from the program to perform. Some GSA alumni who have appeared on the program:

  • Series Premiere: Elizabeth Burmester, actor, Louisville; Veronica Duka, vocalist, Campbellsville; David Flores, dramatic reading, Louisville; J.T. Posadas, violist, Owensboro; and Emily Sales, actor, Louisville. Flores read works written by GSA creative writers Jillian Shulman, Lindsey Littrell, Sarah Tackett, and Andrew Sturdevant.

  • Holiday Special with Jean Ritchie: Angelique Clay, vocalist, Louisville; Matt Dillinger, trumpet, Lexington; Asha French, dramatic reading, Louisville; and John Villaveces, pianist, Lexington.

  • The Poetry of Jazz/The Jazz of Poetry: Ellen Hagan, Bardstown, and Shayla Lawson, both poets reading from their work.

  • On the Road to the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville: a choral group of alumni from 1999, 2000, and 2001 under the direction of Bellarmine College professor Dr. Alexander T. Simpson.

Series Premiere
Features Tim Lake and the Little Big Band, Governor's School for the Arts Alumni, and Alicia Helm and Everett McCorvey (#101)

Holiday Special with Jean Ritchie
Jean Ritchie, Ars Femina, and students from the Governor’s School for the Arts present sounds of the season. (#203)

The Poetry of Jazz/The Jazz of Poetry
Jazz performed by the Mike Tracy Quartet and vocalist Gayle King, plus the poetry of Frank X Walker and Governor’s School for the Arts alumni. (#402)

On the Road to the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville
An “on-the-road” edition spotlights Western Kentucky talent: flutist Jim Walker, vocalist Janet Cunningham, a choral group from the Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Murray State University Symphony Orchestra. (#503)


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