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'Behind the Blue': Alumnus Nick Covault Directs Governor’s School for the Arts as Program Makes its UK Debut

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photo of Nick Covault in front of Kentucky Center

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 10, 2019)  For the very first time, the University of Kentucky is hosting the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) program on its campus in Lexington this summer. The three-week intensive summer arts program opened on June 23 and continues through July 13, with selected high school sophomores and juniors from across the state participating in seminars, masterclasses, lectures, workshops and more.

UK alumnus Nick Covault, who earned degrees from the College of Fine Arts in vocal performance and arts administration, is also a GSA graduate and is now in his third year as director of the program. GSA enables all of its students to attend free of charge, thanks to a public/private partnership first established in 1987 by The Kentucky Center.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications' Carl Nathe talks with Covault about his own time as a GSA student and how his UK experiences continue to help influence his life and career.

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