Summer Project | Art of collaboration with young arts journalists and local media covering GSA

Arts Bureau Edge wraps up project wtih five journalists covering Kentucky Govenor's School for the Arts, which went virtual during a tumultuous pandemic

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By Elizabeth Kramer

This weekend, The Courier Journal and LEO Weekly published articles by young arts journalists with Arts Bureau Edge.

After reporting that Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts had decided to take the entire program to a virtual platform, the two-year-old youth arts journalism program Arts Bureau Edge saw an opportunity to hold its first online workshop to cover this remarkable summer.

Five young reporters who had participatted in previous workshops — Angel Cathey, Irena Fletcher Debra Murray, Gracie Vanover, Annie Whaley — rose to the occasion.

The spread in the Forum section of the Sunday, August 30 edition of The Courier Journal.

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This weekend, The Courier Journal and LEO Weekly published their articles — giving more people the ability to read these young journalists’ work, learn about young GSA artists and about this year’s program. (The Courier Journal also published poems by three GSA creative writing students and a piece by GSA Director Nick Covault. One of the poets, On’Dria Gibson, has participated in two Arts Bureau Edge workshops.)

The young arts journalists covering GSA came to their screens ready to drop in on sessions and lessons, interview students, teachers and administrators, and absorb my coaching sessions on reporting and writing as well as several editing sessions. In all, they produced seven articles while holding down jobs and juggling other responsibilities.

A shot of the introduction on LEO Weekly for articles by Arts Bureau Edge journalists covering Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

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GSA Director Nick Covault and his team assisted us by granting access to sessions as they were navigating a new terrain themselves.

Through Edge’s access and partnerships with The Courier Journal and LEO Weekly, the arts received wider coverage and these Edge reporters’ articles reach a larger readership.

Much appreciation goes to Veda Morgan, The Courier Journal’s senior director for engagement, diversity and opinion, as well as Breaking News Editor Nick Hollkamp. Edge gives considerable gratitude to LEO Weekly Managing Editor Keith Stone and Editor-at-Large Scott Recker, who have brought Edge reporters’ work to the community since this program began in June 2018.

— Elizabeth Kramer, founding editor, Arts Bureau Edge

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Arts Bureau Edge covers GSA | The Articles

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With pandemic, protests over racial injustice, GSA adapts instruction, discussions

Camp Life with Covid-19: How GSA created community via virtual spaces

GSA students do more than study their art: They learn to nurture their voices

Attending from home, GSA students accept challenges, sing in virtual chorus

GSA instrumental music students playing from home persevere

GSA pursues ways to showcase student work virtually during Covid-19 pandemic

Arts Bureau Edge Reporters covering GSA

Arts Bureau Edge reporters Gracie Vanover (top left); Irena Fletcher (top right); Debra Murray (bottom left) Annie Whaley (bottom right); and Angel Cathey (center left).

Angel Cathey, class 2022 in the communications/journalism program at duPont Manual High School, has written for the Manual RedEye newspaper. She has participated in two other Arts Bureau Edge workshops — in June 2018 covering Floyd Central High School's production of "Newsies" and fall 2019 covering Pandora Production's "Fun Home."

Irena Fletcher, class of 2022 at duPont Manual High School/Youth Performing Arts School (band magnet), has studied dance and music (instrumental and voice). She participated in Arts Bureau Edge's first workshop covering Floyd Central High School's production of "Newsies."

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Debra Murray, a 2020 graduate of Pleasure Ridge Park High School entering her freshman year at Western Kentucky University as a journalism major this fall, already has a job with the College Height Herald, the university newspaper. She was in Arts Bureau Edge's workshop covering Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2019 Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Gracie Vanover, a 2020 graduate of Floyd Central High School, is a freshman at Indiana University Southeast, where studies journalism. At Floyd Central, she was The Bagpiper's Editor-in-Chief (the school newspaper) her senior year and Assistant A&E Editor her junior year. In spring 2020, she was WNAS and FCTV producer. During high school, she also was a member of the Highlander Marching Band and concert and pep band in which she played clarinet, bass clarinet and alto saxophone. Vanover has participated in four other Arts Bureau Edge workshops, the most of any student. The workshops include covering performances of Broadway series productions "Aladdin" and "Something Rotten," and Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2019 Humana Festival of New American Plays and "The Wolves."

Annie Whaley, class of 2021 in the communications/journalism program at duPont Manual High School, has written for the Manual RedEye newspaper and On The Record newsmagazine. Whaley has participated in two other Arts Bureau Edge workshops, covering the 2019 and 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.