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Lt. Gov. Coleman urges GSA students to ‘find your passion’

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman speaking to Governor's School for the Arts students.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Governor's School for the Arts Director Jason Brooks
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman with the first session students in Kentucky's Governor's School for the Arts.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2024) — Kentucky’s Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman spoke to students June 14 during her visit to the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) at Singletary Center for the Arts.  

Coleman congratulated the students on their achievements, talked about the work she and Gov. Andy Beshear are doing to ensure the arts remain funded in Kentucky schools and told the story of her path to public service.

The lieutenant governor challenged GSA students to take the experiences back to their communities and make a difference there.  

“Find your passion. Get involved. Take the lead,” she told the crowd of more than 250 GSA students, faculty and staff members.  

When asked by one of the students, “What if you don’t know what your passion is yet?” Coleman said to “keep an open door” to new ideas.  

“‘Be curious, not judgmental,’” she said, quoting the eponymous character from the television series “Ted Lasso.” 

GSA is in its sixth year on UK’s campus. The program, which began in 1987, is an intensive mountaintop experience for Kentucky high school students who show a passion and talent for the visual or performing arts. GSA will conduct two three-week sessions. The first session will run through June 29 and the second is July 7-27. 

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