Why ArtShops?


Bringing the Arts to Kentucky’s Students: On a smaller scale than GSA’s summer program, ArtShops provide a similar immersion experience. Each fall, GSA schedules four workshops in communities throughout Kentucky.  The purpose of these ArtShops is to provide high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors with the opportunity to spend a day in a facility close to their hometown in a hands-on arts enrichment opportunity.  Students must be residents of Kentucky and attend a Kentucky high school or home school.

There is a registration fee of $10.00 to supplement the overall cost of the ArtShop. Free and reduced lunch registrants have the opportunity to opt out of the registration fee. Payment information is included in the registration form.

Workshops are conducted by the region’s most outstanding teaching artists in nine arts disciplines that include architecture + design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, film + photography, visual art and vocal music.  Students also learn about the GSA summer program, audition and application procedures, as well as other arts opportunities in their area.  Parents and teachers are informed of the specifics of the summer program during an information session.

I plan to audition for the summer program next year, and after the ArtShop, I feel like I can do it.  Just one day of working with the instructors gave me direction for my portfolio.”  – Visual Art student, Ashland

Participation in ArtShops does not affect a student’s chance of being accepted into the GSA summer program, but it can help a student be more prepared for a GSA audition/review.  Please note there is a separate application process for GSA’s summer program.  Review the “Apply To Summer Program” and "Explore Your ArtForms" sections of this website for more information.

Questions? Call the GSA Helpline at (502) 566-5192.