FRANKFORT KY 40601-8932
Contact Information
FRANKFORT , KY 40601 8932
Phone (502) 352 7082
Contact Name Melanie VanHouten
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2010
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

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!

You may support JSP in the following ways:

  • make an individual donation, doggy donation, or set up a monthly automatic donation through our online NFG site:
  • make a contribution to the Josephine Sculpture Park Endowment Fund through Blue Grass Community Foundation. Contact BGCF here: or call them at 859.225.3343
  • or make checks payable to JSP and mail to the following address:

         Josephine Sculpture Park
         3355 Lawrenceburg Rd
         Frankfort, KY 40601

  • sponsor specific community events or provide general operating support in the form of financial contributions or in kind donation of materials, equipment or services. Please contact us today to discuss how your values align with our mission and to see how your gift can make a difference at JSP!
  • you may include a gift to Josephine Sculpture Park in your financial and estate plans, which helps JSP sustain and grow programming now and in the future. A Planned Gift is one you arrange now with the benefit to JSP deferred to a future date. 
  • a corporate sponsorship enables your business to partner with JSP by sponsoring specific community events or provide general operating support in the form of financial contributions or in kind donation of materials, equipment or services.
  • in-kind donations and support to JSP may take many forms. We gladly accept in kind donations of materials, equipment and services to support our studio facilities, educational programming and marketing. 
  • volunteer opportunities exist year round especially to support events such as the Shakespeare SummerStage and the Fall Arts Festivals.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

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.

Background Statement

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.

Impact Statement

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. 

As an emerging organization, we are still working to grow our programming to meet the needs of our community. To do so, we aim to continue to increase revenues which will support this growth as well as maintain the salary for the Artistic Director.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Geographic Areas Served
Central Kentucky
Anderson County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Jefferson County
Mercer County
Scott County
Shelby County
Woodford County
Board Chair
Board Chair Andrew Marsh
Company Affiliation Conn Center for Renewable Energy at U of L
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms Carol Baughman RetiredVoting
Mr William J Duvall Earth Tools, Inc.Voting
Mr Andrew Marsh Conn Center for Renewable Energy at U of LVoting
Ms Jennifer Oberlin KY Housing CorporationVoting
Mr Arthur B VanHouten III VanHouten Builders, Inc.Voting
Ms Marnie Walters Woodford ReserveVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 6%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 3%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Melanie VanHouten
Term Start Sept 2009
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 80
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

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.


Budget 12000.00
Population Served , ,

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.

Budget 120000.00
Population Served , ,

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.

Budget 20000.00
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Kentucky Arts Partner OrganizationKentucky Arts Council2015
KY Arts Partner OrganizationKY Arts Council2016
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $105,000.00
Projected Expenses $95,000.00
Endowment Value $21,398.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$85,833$56,420$34,136
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$81,060$62,014$52,039
Administration Expense$16,212$12,403$13,877
Fundraising Expense$10,808$8,268$3,469
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.001.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%75%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%15%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$21,804$25,176$19,949
Current Assets$5,774$6,500$19,949
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$5,000$5,000--
Total Net Assets$16,804$20,176$19,949
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
FRANKFORT , KY 406018932
Primary Phone 502 352 7082
CEO/Executive Director Melanie VanHouten
Board Chair Andrew Marsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Conn Center for Renewable Energy at U of L