Kroger Rewards supports JSP

Kroger Community Rewards supports Josephine Sculpture Park

Did you know… If you shop at Kroger and use the Kroger Reward card for discounts, you could be helping JSP every time you shop?!? It is simple and Kroger’s makes the donation each time you shop! Follow these easy steps to get started:

  1. register your Kroger card online HERE: Kroger Community Rewards supports JSP!
  2. select Josephine Sculpture Park as the local charity you would like Kroger to donate to
  3. shop at Kroger and use your rewards cards at checkout (like normal)
  4. Kroger’s will donate to JSP!

Please note that you do need to register your card every year, and NOW is the time to register!!

Monday Makers Series (meets 4 times)

Monday Makers Series at Josephine Sculpture Park

This series will meet 4 times: Monday nights Aug. 8-29 from 5pm-6pm.

Learn how to work with reusable Gelli Plates. You will draw, press, blotch, splatter, paint and roll onto these soft plates to create amazing textures, images and prints. We will be using drawing skills, imagination and inspiration from the nature and sculptures available at the park. Fun for all skill levels, no experience needed.

Instructor: Jody Jaques

Price: $50 total (includes all 4 classes)

Supplies Included

All Ages and Ability Levels suggested 5 and up



register for a workshop at JSP

King Lear comes to JSP Amphitheatre June 9-11 & 16-18

Director Kathi E.B. Ellis and Josephine Sculpture Park Artistic Director, Melanie VanHouten announce the 2016 production, “King Lear,” sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, which will be performed June 9-11 & 16-18 at 7p.m. each evening at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY. Tickets for the performance can be purchased in advance at KECU and Completely Kentucky (both in Frankfort) starting May 1st. Tickets are also available at the park prior to each evening’s performances and on the JSP website. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 5-10, or reserve preferred $20 seating tickets for premium picnic tables and lawn chair locations HERE.

Josephine SummerStage is a unique partnership between the visual and performing arts. This year’s production introduces St Paul “City Artist” Aaron Dysart to JSP where he will be in residence the week of May 23 to create this year’s sculpture. Dysart is one of two Minneapolis artists who are part of an innovative public arts program to bring art to municipal buildings. He joins VanHouten and Ellis (Louisville) together with Sound Designer Phyllis Free (Atlanta, GA) who have been part of the core creative team since the 2011 inception of SummerStage.  Other core team members who have been participated for all six years are Megan Burnett (Louisville) as voice coach (who studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), independent artist Lee Look (Louisville) as fight choreographer, stage manager Lauren Camargo (Lexington) and music coordinator Meg Caudill (Louisville). Costume designer Lindsay Chamberlin (Louisville) returns for her third year and movement coach Nicolette Boese (Louisville) returns for her second year. Annabelle Renshaw (Frankfort) returns as props assistant this year.

Each Josephine SummerStage production is grounded in the natural landscape of the park and also foregrounds the natural world, embracing the outdoor environment in which the story unfolds. In this year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Josephine SummerStage takes up a play that conflates the power of the natural world with humanity’s slender grasp on sanity. Director Ellis sets this tale in a primitive environment where the threshold between the gods and mankind is palpable wherein Dysart’s sculpture overhangs the characters reminding them of their mortality.

The acting company includes returning performers Clint Gill (Shelbyville); Louisville-area actors Megan Adair, Alana Ghent, Alphaeus Green, Ebony Jordan, Keith McGill, Doug Sumey, and Brian West. Joining the company for the first time are Michael Van Zant (Cincinnati); Louisville-based Ke’Leb Beauchamp, Casey Moulton, and fight choreographer Lee Look; and Karl Seitz (Shelbyville.)  This is the first year that the acting company has included an artist from Ohio, demonstrating the growing commitment of area artists to be part of this unique regional endeavor.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early in the evening to picnic & explore the grounds of Josephine Sculpture Park. Take the opportunity to view more than forty sculptures & murals on exhibition, and bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. for a comfortable evening of Shakespeare under the stars. The park entrance is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY.  JSP is less than three miles south of I64; parallel to US HWY 127S.

Josephine SummerStage is proud to be a community partner of “Will in the Ville,” a regional consortium celebrating the First Folio exhibit at the Frazier Museum in Louisville in the fall of 2016. The traveling First Folio initiative is part of the national 400th anniversary celebrations.

The Kentucky Employees Credit Union proudly supports the arts in our community and returns to Josephine SummerStage as title sponsor for the fifth year. Additional production support comes from the KY Arts Council, the Fund for the Arts Power2Give program, LG&E and KU, area businesses and organizations, and generous individual donors.

See YOU under the STARS!

The End of the Line

Join us Feb. 24th at 7 pm for a film screening at The Grand Theatre in downtown Frankfort as local filmmaker Sellus Wilder reveals the “true story of the bluegrass pipeline” in this award winning documentary. A community discussion will follow at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe with Sellus and other subjects from the film.

A portion of the proceeds will support Josie’s Conservation Program, a new adventure starting this year that creatively explores environmental education at JSP.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door before the show or in advance HERE.

More info here.

JSP Awarded KY Arts Partner Grant from the KY Arts Council

State arts leaders gathered Jan. 20 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s arts community and the vital roles it plays in the state’s livelihood. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.

Sen. Julian M. Carroll and Rep. Derrick Graham presented the Josephine Sculpture Park with a check for $2,071 for a Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grant awarded by the arts council in July 2015. The funding awarded to Josephine Sculpture Park is part of $1.2 million the arts council awarded to 91 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2016 fiscal year.

2015 KAC with Julian Carroll

John Hockensmith, Kentucky Arts Council board member; Sen. Julian M. Carroll; Melanie VanHouten, Josephine Sculpture Park artistic director; and Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council executive director.

Rep. Derrick Graham; Melanie VanHouten, Josephine Sculpture Park artistic director; and Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council executive director.

On Jan. 20, arts leaders came from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the public value of the arts and to thank legislators for their continued support of the Kentucky Arts Council. Checks were presented to organizations awarded Kentucky Arts Partnership operational support grants by the arts council in July 2015. Rep. Derrick Graham; Melanie VanHouten, Josephine Sculpture Park artistic director; and Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council executive director.









“Kentucky has excellent arts organizations in every region of the Commonwealth that provide year-round arts experiences in their communities,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “The state arts agency is proud to partner with Josephine Sculpture Park to ensure the arts are made available to all Kentuckians.”

This year’s Arts Day comes during the 50th anniversary year of the establishment of the arts council by the Kentucky General Assembly.

“It’s uplifting to reflect on where we’ve come from 50 years ago and to think about the kind of support we can give to our arts partners today through programs like the Kentucky Arts Partnership,” Meadows said. “We are grateful to the members of the Kentucky General Assembly – then and now – for their collective support of the Commonwealth’s artistic legacy and integrity.”

KAP grants provide operating support on a competitive basis to arts and cultural organizations and community arts programs to ensure participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky.

For more information about Arts Day in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Arts Council’s website.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council celebrates 50 years of service in 2016.

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