Governor's School For The Arts Suspends New Media Program

Sep 7, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts has doubled in size over the past 25 years, but recent statewide budget cuts are forcing the organization to shelve its newest program.

To help close a $50,000 budget gap created by state spending cuts, the GSA is suspending its new media discipline, which focuses on film production, still photography, Claymation, and other digital arts. GSA executive director Carrie Nash says absorbing the cuts by eliminating one area of study helped maintain the health of the overall program.  

"When we tried to put it across the board, it actually got to the point where we could not maintain the integrity of programming," she says.

And that’s important, Nash notes, when demand is high.

"Our reduction now is from 225 students down to 213. Last we had 1800 student apply," she says.

The GSA offers tuition-free residential arts programs at Transylvania University.