Governor’s School for the Arts inspires confidence in talent and a big world for big dreams – Courier Journal | Candle Made Easy

Through movies, we are moved by the stories of young people who overcome unimaginable adversity and find a path to greatness by pursuing their dreams. Remember the movie Rudy where ‘Rudy’ Rüttiger eventually made the Notre Dame football team; when Akeelah made National Spelling Bee in Akeelah and the Bee; or when Maggie literally fought his way up to the WBA in Million Dollar Baby? What do these films all have in common? passionate protagonists, teachers who believe in them and their abilities, and resilience learned at every step in fierce competition.

What if I shared that these stories don’t just happen in movies? That stories of over 500 young people on their way to a bright future are right on our doorstep? I know because I was one of those young people when I had my defining moment when I opened the letter that said, “Congratulations, you’ve been accepted into the inaugural class of the Governor’s School for the Arts.”

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Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts 2022

That was 1987, and for 35 years, the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts has been a beacon for the future of Kentucky’s creative leadership. More than 7,200 aspiring high school juniors and seniors have now had the opportunity to explore beyond their classrooms a world of young performers with similar hopes and dreams, all born of the grand vision of Kentucky political leaders in partnership with Kentucky Performing Arts. These students are surrounded by other top performers and entering this program is very competitive. Once there, they are surrounded by a support system of teachers and students that inspires each participant to look beyond their own limitations and see a future of untold possibilities.

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