Wesleyan to host Governor’s School for the Arts

West Virginia Wesleyan College has been chosen to host the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) during the summers of 2014-2016, with the next session held July 6-26.

Jessica Scott, instructor of interdisciplinary studies, will serve as dean of the school, and John Waltz, director of admission, will serve as assistant dean. This year’s theme will be “Connecting the Arts.”

GSA is a three-week intensive experience for current high school sophomores who exhibit talent in the literary, performing and visual arts. Students attending the GSA are exposed to practicing professionals in their respective fields of writing, dance, music, acting, digital media, drawing and painting.

“We are excited to be hosting the Governor’s School for the Arts for the first time,” Scott said. “Hosting the Governor’s School for the Arts allows us to participate in providing important learning experiences for some of the most creative young people in our state, and we welcome the opportunity to contribute to the development of one of West Virginia’s most dynamic and valuable resources, our young people.”

“West Virginia is tremendously rich with students with excellent creative and academic talents, and GSA provides them such excellent outlets to hone their unique skills with professional artists and educators,” said Waltz. “As the host institution, Wesleyan will benefit from having these students participate in the arts and campus environment just as the students will benefit from both our community and GSA team members with their ambition and diverse interests. We are truly looking forward to this enriching experience.”

Applicants to the School for the Arts must currently be sophomores who live and attend school in West Virginia. Students who attend public and private schools as well as those who are home-schooled are eligible. Selected students are also expected to attend school within West Virginia next year. Home-schooled students must present verification of West Virginia residency.

For more information, please visit the Governor’s Schools website at www.govschools.wv.gov.