June 17, 2012 marked the celebration of The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts’ 25th anniversary! The downpour of rain could not dampen the excitement of the 225 students and their parents arriving at Transylvania University for the commencement of the program’s 26th year.
The opening ceremony included welcoming remarks by Heather Weston Bell of The Kentucky Center, Lindy Casebier of the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, President Owen Williams of Transylvania University, and Kim Wilson, Chair of the GSA Advisory Council. Also recognizing the incoming class was Rob Jamner, 2011 GSA alumnus in Creative Writing and a finalist of The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, who shared some of his inspiring poetry as well as a few reflections on the impact GSA has had on him over the past year.
After a tour of the studio spaces, the class of 2012 said farewell to their parents, knowing the next three weeks would likely be the best three weeks of their lives thus far. The students then met with their RA (Resident Assistant) and their RA groups for the first time and participated in some ice-breaker activities. The evening was filled with outdoor games and laughter during photo night as the students, faculty and staff awaited their turn to be photographed in their discipline, RA groups, and their respective counties.
To give the rest of the world an idea of what we’re doing here at GSA, we’ll be posting a short video as well as plenty of pictures taken by the one and only Kevin Flores, our documentarian for the program, on a daily basis. Make sure to come back every day for updates!
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