Honing skills during a summer of creativity

Alex Pace

Paul Ostergard, former chief executive officer at Citicorp, once stated, “A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.”  Alex Pace, the son of Joel and Lora Pace, spent three weeks of his summer taking part in the annual Governor’s School for the Arts, meeting new challenges head on, getting a better understanding of the world around him, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

The Governors School for the Arts offers to high school juniors in-depth instruction in a variety of art disciplines.  They can range from architecture and creative writing to drama and visual art.  The intensive 3-week hands-on arts program, held on the campus of the University of Kentucky, provides the most talented students from across the Commonwealth to come together to learn more about their craft and develop their skills.  While over 1600 students audition each year for a coveted spot in the GSA program, Alex Pace was part of the select group of students, over 200 young men and women from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, who were chosen to participate in the Governors School for the Arts.

Alex’s three weeks at GSA were spent honing his filmmaking and photography skills, remarking, “I’ve been working with different types of media for years now with my church.”

As an arts scholar at GSA, Alex and his fellow scholars were put through their paces with in-depth classes that challenged the scholars while, at the same time, honed their skills.

“Most days we had 3 4-hour blocks of studio time with lunch and dinner breaks in between,” said Alex.  “We also had artist performances.”

In trying to describe his GSA experience, Alex used the word “passion,” adding, “Everyone at GSA had an amazing passion for their art form.  Being in that environment grew my passion.”

Students that have participated in the Governor’s School for the Arts often speak of memories that will last them for a lifetime.  For Alex, it was making his short film.  He noted, “The process of making our short film was the most challenging experience; that’s what made it the best.  So much work went into making that short film and that hard work made the experience so worth it.”

When asked if he would recommend the GSA experience to other students, Alex Pace did not hesitate to answer.  “The community of artists that you are surrounded by at GSA changes the way you see your artform and the world.”

He then added, “I always knew that I wanted to do filmmaking and photography as my job, but the Governor’s School for the Arts has given me more confidence.”

The words of Maya Angelou probably describe some of what Alex Pace experienced during his 3 weeks at the Governor’s School for the Arts this summer.  “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”


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