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Heather Weston Bell, Governor’s School for the Arts

From every corner of the Commonwealth, Kentucky’s most talented, creative high school students gather for three weeks each summer at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts to learn and grow together at the Governor’s School for the Arts. Rising juniors and seniors in high school are offered in-depth instruction in one of eight artistic disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, visual art, or vocal music. Each spring, approximately 230 students are selected for GSA.

The GSA experience plays a vital role in preparing students not only for the pursuit of careers in the arts, but also for all facets of professional life requiring leadership, critical thinking, exceptional communication and expressive skills, and understanding of our multicultural world.

Heather Weston Bell, vice president of the Kentucky Center and executive director of GSA, played clarinet in her high school band and with the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Seeking to combine her passion for the arts with her interest in business, she earned a B.A. in arts administration from the University of Kentucky. Her previous work experience includes stints with the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington; the Spoleto Festival in Charlestown, SC; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Program 126
Making Louisville more bicycle-friendly; Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky; Yew Dell Gardens; the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival; and an interview with Heather Weston Bell, executive director of the Governor’s School for the Arts. (#126)