Your tax deductible donations make everything we do at JSP possible. Thanks to folks like you, we continue to stay open and FREE 365 days per year! Your donations will support creative opportunities and arts education for our entire community, land conservation in Franklin County and will help bring us all together through these shared artistic experiences and responsible land stewardship. Thank you!
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Josephine Sculpture Park 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd Frankfort, KY 40601
Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) provides community arts education and creative experiences while conserving the beauty of Kentucky's native, rural landscape. Our commitments are to support the arts, inspire intellectual exploration and expression, build a stronger, healthier community and conserve the beauty of Kentucky's fine natural and cultural heritage through outdoor, creative activities. Located in Franklin Co, KY, JSP is free and open daily from dawn to dusk. The 20 acre park hosts a rotating exhibit of approximately 40+ artworks created by artists from across the globe, primarily large-scale outdoor contemporary sculpture in the midst of native meadows and natural habitat. Paths are maintained for easy walking/running and provide access to the arts and the outdoors 365 days per year. JSP provides free tours, artist talks, hands-on exhibitions, festivals, conservation walks, theatrical productions, internships and workshops to school children, civic groups, general public and at-risk and developmentally challenged youth and adults across disciplines. The park offers a free venue for performing arts, arts education, arts appreciation and cultural enhancement. Artist residency, workshop and exhibition programs support local and regional emerging, mid-career and professional artists through unique, supported and equipped non-traditional studio space for large-scale outdoor sculpture professional theatre and community artworks in central KY.
Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) is a 20 acre park that opened to the public in September 2009 on reclaimed farmland; 501 c 3 status was granted in April 2010. The park & programming have evolved rapidly due to growing community support, committed volunteers and the expertise and passion of the board and staff. The founder serves as Artistic Director and works at JSP full time.
In 2016 we made several great strides which include establishing the Josephine Sculpture Park Endowment Fund at BGCF. We were able to add an additional $10,000 award to that fund in early 2017 due to our efforts in the GoodGiving Challenge. We also acquired the large cultural sign on I64 with additional signage along US 127. Notably, our attendance has increased among daily visitors and program participants. We had our largest Fall Arts Festival in Sep. welcoming 2500 visitors in a single day to experience hands on art making at JSP. In addition, we were awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support artist in residence, Chakaia Booker in Sep. 2017.
Explore365 is the flagship program at Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP), a free, 20-acre park with 40+ hands-on contemporary artworks open 365 days/yr. Explore365 is the year-round series of tours, visiting artists and workshops at JSP which promote creative exploration for thousands of people regionally, nationally and internationally.
Farmland has been restored to native meadows through which walking paths connect discrete sculpture sites. Signs engage viewers via questions & information; journals/sketchbooks/interactive cell phone tours promote dialogue.
Residencies & facilities serve artists from across the US and abroad. Artist led tours, workshops & demos are conducted for people of all ages and abilities including under-served youth, women & our rural KY populace. Explore365 also goes into area schools to conduct workshops & lectures.
The Kids Make Art! Program at Josephine Sculpture Park is a series of workshops led by professional artists. This program directly impacts the education of local youth by supplementing current school arts programs through our free community workshops and visiting artist presentations in the schools. Primarily, these workshops occur outside, in the natural environment at JSP, but sometimes include JSP artists visiting schools when they are not able to participate due to transportation or scheduling issues.
Workshop proposals are submitted by professional artists and organizations and are international in scope. They vary widely in length, format, target age groups and processes explored which we have found enables the largest numbers of youth to participate. They generally occur between April and November and may take the form of a field trip lasting half a day, to a week-long workshop in the summer, or even during a 1 day experiential event, like the annual Fall Arts Festival.
The JSP Fall Arts Festival connects the community with the arts & the land in the most experiential manner. This 1 day festival offers a host of artistic experiences to the public. The music stage presents live local musicians while local artists & organizations conduct free demonstrations & workshops including activities such as printmaking, community sculpture, pottery wheel, fabric dyeing, art scavenger hunts, Yoga walking tours.
Participants also have the opportunity to create their own cast aluminum relief sculpture to take home at the Hot Metal Pour or to blow a glass ornament or even forge a decorative steel hook on the anvil. A large collaborative sculpture is created and displayed at JSP as part of the community art exhibition. There is something for every age and ability at the Fall Arts Festival. You can even soar above the sculptures in a hot air balloon ride, or simply walk the quiet paths and explore new sculptures on exhibit.
SummerStage (S3) is a collaboration between visual and performing arts which exemplifies JSP's mantra of being a place where art meets the earth and goal of creating a community-focused venue featuring the fusion of theatre, sculpture, music, movement and landscape. A Shakespearean script is chosen annually to complement the outdoor amphitheatre with a contemporary sculpture commissioned as focal point, illuminating the sculptor’s interpretation of the text thru a collaborative process developed among the core creative team. Actors create and perform an original score via collaborative soundscape workshops led by Sound Designer Phyllis Free and choreographed movement/dance elements led by Nicolette Boese.
S3 eliminates financial, cultural and geographical obstacles for experiencing excellent and diverse art in our region in the following ways: by maintaining low ticket prices (10-20$), discounted group rates for social service organizations and free comps for volunteers.
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