The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is now accepting applications for the class of 2021. The program, a tuition-free three-week immersive arts education experience, opens doors to a variety of scholarship opportunities and will be celebrating its thirty-fourth year next summer.

Each summer, GSA hosts more than 250 talented high school students from every region of the Commonwealth for a residential program on a college campus. During this program, student artists engage in studies across nine disciplines: architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, film and photography, instrumental music, musical theatre, visual art and vocal music. As coronavirus complications continue, GSA will bring info about this year’s program to students, families and educators in the safety of their homes with a series of virtual info sessions.

Acceptance to the GSA program is competitive, with 28 colleges and universities offering scholarships targeted at GSA alumni. There is an application fee of $30 for the GSA summer program, which is waived for students on free or reduced lunch; applicants are scored on their creative talent and passion and the application does not ask for GPA or SAT/ACT scores.

To guide students through the application process, GSA will host a series of webinars and a Q&A.

Meet Your Adjudicator: Multiple Dates

In this series of nine webinars (one for each of GSA’s nine art forms), students will learn about submission requirements, how an application is scored and receive advice directly from adjudicators

Dance: November 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Architecture & Design: November 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Visual Art: November 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Film & Photography: November 19 at 3:30 p.m.

Musical Theatre: November 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Instrumental Music: December 1at 3:30 p.m.

Drama: December 2 at 3:30 p.m.

Creative Writing: December 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Vocal Music: December 4 at 3:30 p.m.

Open Q&A: Thursday, December 17, 3:30 p.m.

As the application deadline approaches, GSA will host an open forum to prepare students to submit their materials.

For more information on the program and application process or to register, visit