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Each year, it gets bigger and better. And each year, families flock to the free event (although parking is $5) to listen to music, create art, and enjoy the beauty of the near thirty acre outdoor “art museum”, the only one in the state. Josephine Sculpture Park will hold it’s sixth annual Fall Arts Festival this coming Sunday, September 11th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

This is an experiential arts festival – where the focus is providing you, your friends and family with opportunities to make art or experience & watch demonstrations of exciting new processes and techniques. All workshops are led by experienced artists. All ages and abilities are encouraged, absolutely no experience is needed to participate, just be ready to have FUN!

Tie dye at Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park Hot metal pour at Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park

ART Activities scheduled for the Fall Arts Festival include:

FREE Activities:

– Community project (be pART of the ART at JSP by adding your creativity to our community bench project to be exhibited at JSP!) Led by Jennifer Zingg of Rembrats Art Academy & Full Circle Studio.

– Instrument Petting ZOO, hosted by the Lexington Philharmonic. Make some sweet music exploring a variety of musical instruments from each family at this booth.

– JSP Photo Exhibit by artists who have participated in youth photo club or nature photography workshops this summer taught by Karen Lanier- inside the JSP barn

– Printmaking (Anna Marie Pavlik will guide you through the creation of your own relief print, inspired by nature)

– Book binding (Joanne Price of Starpointe Studio will guide you through the creation of your own book using reclaimed materials)

– Tie dye (Doris Thurber will guide you through tie dyeing – FREE if you bring your own cotton item, or T shirts are available for $10)

– Sticker making fun (create and wear your own stickers)

– Sculpture scavenger hunt (explore JSP in search of sculptures using a full color guide – FREE & WIN art prizes!)

– Camp ARTY Fact activity area presented by the KY Historical Society from 2-4pm

– Learn theater basics at the Bluegrass Theatre Guild booth.

– Get hands on with science and art at the Living Arts and Science Center booth and make some Rocket Sculptures!

– Additional art and craft activities for all ages!

Artist demonstrations:

– Anita Bolen will be conducting a wool spinning demonstration throughout the day, stop by and check it out!

Additional workshops:

– Hot Metal Pour (Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum will help you create your own cast aluminum relief sculpture $30)

– Glass blowing (Cupid’s Quest will lead you through the creation of your own glass ornament $35)

– Ceramic tile painting $5

– Blacksmithing (Cupid’s Quest will teach you to hammer your own decorative hook on the blacksmith’s anvil $25)

Additional FUN at the festival:

– Meet the animals at the Salato Wildlife Center booth – FREE

– Learn to identify KY native trees and invasive species on a nature walk, led by Frankfort City Arborist, Lorri Grueber – FREE

– LIVE MUSIC on the KECU music stage all day long! – FREE

– Learn about some great community organizations including The Franklin County Humane Society and the Franklin Co. Arts Council – FREE

– Explore JSP on a self guided tour – FREE

– Bubble FUN from 3-5pm – FREE

– Community Drum Circle at the Turtle Island Drum sculpture at 4pm (bring your own drum or play with one of ours) – FREE

– Hot Air Balloon rides from 4-6pm ($10 per person)

– Professional face-painting all day ($5 & $10)

Great Food:

Crank and Boom ice-cream

La Fiesta Grande Mexican Cafe

Longshot Lobsta

Mr. Gyro’s Greek

The Festival is GOING GREEN… Help us ditch plastic water bottles for good by bringing your own refillable bottles to the Fall Arts Festival! “Water Monster” refill stations will be provided by the Frankfort Plant Board. We’ll provide compostable cups as well, or you can support JSP by purchasing a refillable water bottle at the event. With your support of this project, together we will reduce the amount of plastic in our landfills and oceans significantly. THANK YOU!!

KECU Music Stage:

– 11 am: Jeri Katherine Howell & Nat Colten

– 12 pm: Louisville Leopard Percussionists Steel Leopards

– 12:45 pm: WHHS Dance Team

– 1 pm: WHHS Band

– 2 pm: Zoe Speaks

– 3 pm: Heath & Molly

– 4 pm: The Hart Strings

– 5 pm: KY State University Ensemble


If you are interested in participating, either as a performing artist or group, or as a visual artist who would like to conduct a workshop or demonstration, please click here: contact us for an application before Mar. 1, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an art fair that hosts “vendors” who are interested in strictly selling their goods, please do not send email inquiries about renting space for booths or selling merchandise.


This event is sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union.

Want to be a sponsor? Please contact us to learn how!

Kentucky Employees Credit Union KY Arts Council supports JSP


Fall Arts Festival Fun Video Blast from the PAST:

About JSP

JSP is FREE and open 365 days per year from dawn until dusk. Our park is dog friendly, please leash and clean up after your pet. Be sure to sign up on their mailing list to get updates on events and workshops.

Their mission is to provide community arts education and creative experiences while conserving the beauty of Kentucky’s native, rural landscape.

Located just off I 64 and Hwy 127 South in Frankfort, KY.

Their address is 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd. Frankfort, KY 40601
ph. 502-352-7082 *we are all volunteer and office hours are limited*

30 minutes from Lexington & 60 minutes from Louisville:

From I 64, take exit 53A (US HWY 127 South) toward Lawrenceburg. Turn left at the 3rd light (east on 1665), and left again at the stop sign (north) onto Lawrenceburg Rd. Look for their big green signs about 1/2 mile on the left. You will find them between these local landmarks: Capital Bowl and the Stewart Home School.