GSA 2023 June 25-July 15


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Sophomores are already getting excited about attending the state's highly respected Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) at Marshall University. The 2022 session was the first full three-week experience since 2019, and we were so excited to meet with our young artists face-to-face. 

GSA affords rising high school juniors the opportunity to work in a close-knit community with accomplish artists and to develop professional and personal relationships with other talented student artists in West Virginia.  It's an experience like no other, and we encourage you to take a chance on yourself.  Give yourself the opportunity to learn, grow, and shine like the star you are.

GSA Dean Maribea Barnes says, "The theme for GSA 2023 is Building Community Through the Arts. Living in a community of artists provides unique opportunities for personal and artistic growth along with diverse opportunities for collaboration. 

The GSA mission is to enable students to explore multiple art forms, learn from one another, and experience first-hand the power of the arts. "

An emphasis will be placed on collaborating and sharing our work within our GSA community. The inclusion of regional guest artists and interactions with works beyond our Appalachian area will provide unique opportunities to grow as artists. Our goals are to develop stronger artists, empower students with collaborative skills, and introduce students to strategies that employ the arts to positively influence communities. 

Read through the information in all the GSA links on the footer on this page and then zero in on the sections about applying and auditioning. It's like the lottery.  You can't win if you don't play.

​Our Facebook page has provided an ​excellent history of GSA for several years. There are photos as well as daily videos produced by Jared Thompson and Aaron Kuhn, GSA media specialists.  Click here ​to see a final video for GSA 2022.

GSA Handbook ​