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*Before you read the application instructions below (in orange), please read this important announcement:

GSA remains united with our fellow Kentuckians impacted by the devastating weather events of December 11th.  Knowing that many students, educators, and communities are experiencing severe disruption and loss, GSA is offering an application extension to students who meet the following criteria:

Students who live in, attend school in, or receive arts training in a county that has been declared a federal disaster area (Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor, or Warren counties) may request a GSA application extension by emailing The request for an application extension should be made no later than end of day Wednesday, January 5th.  Granted extensions will go as late as January 30th. Please contact GSA with any questions at the email above or at 502.566.5192. For reference, the standard GSA application deadline is January 9th.

To start an application for GSA 2022, select your artform from the dropdown menu to the left*

*Applicants may apply in up to two GSA art forms. If applying to a second program (aka a second application), you will need the App ID number in the confirmation email you received after submitting your first 2022 application. Previous applications from previous years do not count.
*Before beginning an application, review the Applicant Guide for your art form(s) of interest. Register for (or review a recording of)
one of GSA's Virtual Info Sessions.

You are currently on GSA's application portal, called Acceptd. For technical questions about your application, please visit Acceptd's Help Desk. For any other questions about GSA or application requirements, contact GSA at

The application and recommendations deadline is January 9 at 11:59PM. 

GSA is looking for students with skills in their art form, passion for creativity, an open mind, collaborative spirit, and an eagerness for learning to apply for the Summer Program. Does that sound like you? Apply now!

For three weeks every summer, over 200 of Kentucky’s most talented and creative high school students are invited to grow and learn together at the Governor’s School for the Arts’ college summer residence program.  Sophomores and juniors in high school are offered in-depth instruction in one of nine artistic disciplines: architecture + design, creative writing, dance, drama, film + photography, instrumental music, musical theatre, visual art, and vocal music.  

The honor of experiencing GSA includes:

Attending the program for FREE (all students receive full tuition, room and board).
Opportunities to learn in a supportive community of distinguished master-teachers.
College preparation, career counseling, and the chance to meet college representatives during an exclusive GSA college fair.
Arts-related community service opportunities.
The excitement of performing/exhibiting at the Student Festival at the conclusion of the program.
Serious fun!

Students are immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master classes, lectures, hands-on workshops, and field trips. While each student specializes in one art form, all students participate in structured, interdisciplinary arts experiences designed to familiarize them with the joys and challenges of specialties other than their own.  

Upon completion of the summer program, students become part of the ever-growing GSA alumni network, gaining a variety of opportunities such as scholarships and funding through the Toyota Alumni Fund (visit for more info).

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For technical questions, please contact the Acceptd Help Desk.