History

The Governor's School for the Arts Foundation

The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, Inc. supports the Governor’s School by funding needs not met by state operating funds, such as underwriting special programs, projects and experiences offered at the School and by providing financial and other assistance directly to the students.

A dynamic partnership exists between the Foundation and the School – striving together to provide access to opportunities that will impact our state’s emerging artists in significant ways and opening doors to allow them to discover and nurture their full potential and talents.

Historically, more than 25% of the Governor’s School summer program students have been granted full or partial scholarships to enable them to participate. Similarly, more than 30% of the residential students have received Foundation support to pay the annual $3,450 meal plan fee, which is the only cost to attend the School.

The critical difference in providing a good, basic program and a program of excellence is private support. Averaging more than $450,000 annually, the Foundation’s contributions to the School are funded by statewide special events and gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Foundation support helps to create an unparalleled experience for each student. Underwritten by the Foundation, the opportunity to interact and work with professional Guest Artists who have achieved success in their fields is, without question, an invaluable component of the students’ arts education. Assuring that the School offers the best training and finest facilities possible, the Foundation also pays for faculty development needs and capital improvements related to the School’s mission.