Fall Arts Festival

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 11am-6pm

Featuring guest artist Chakaia Booker

This event is free. Parking is $5 per car, truck, van, or even a bus!!Brick House in progress by Chakaia Booker

This is an experiential arts festival – our 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!

In conjunction with Fall Arts Festival, Chakaia Booker will present an artist talk at The Grand Theatre in downtown Frankfort. Click HERE to learn more about this free event!

volunteer at JSP!

Volunteer Parking & NEW Entrance Directions:

Due to ever-increasing festival attendance and the need to expand our parking, JSP has created a new, temporary entrance to the park for VOLUNTEERS & MUSICIANS ONLY, this is referred to as the SERVICE ENTRANCE.  This prevents volunteers from getting delayed on the main entrance drive as vehicles can be in cue for 10-15 minutes during peak times.

Place the PARKING PERMIT* in your dash so our volunteer can see it and point you in the right direction. This will be emailed to volunteers from the jsp.volunteer email address, please look for this in your inbox SATURDAY!

FROM I-64:
TAKE EXIT 53A (US HWY 127 South) toward Lawrenceburg.

Once you PASS HWY 420 (2nd LIGHT), CONTINUE .9 MILES AND TURN LEFT ONTO A DRIVEWAY (not a road… This turn is directly  ACROSS FROM VALERO gas station.)

IMMEDIATELY, take the LEFT FORK and CONTINUE ON GRAVEL drive. Park in this lot.

Once you PASS HWY 1665 , CONTINUE .4 MILES AND TURN RIGHT ONTO A DRIVEWAY (not a road).  As you arrive at this turn, you will see a VALERO sign on your left.

If you reach Hwy 420, you have gone too far.

Once on the driveway, continue with directions above at “IMMEDIATELY, take the LEFT FORK…”


FREE ART Activities:

Meet guest artist Chakaia Booker: public reception and unveiling of her sculpture The Conversationalist which will be on exhibit at JSP

Participate in the creation of a community art project and sculpture workshop led by Chakaia Booker

Learn how to throw clay on the pottery wheel at the Broadway Clay tent

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

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 BUTTERFLY book

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

Stone carving demonstrations by Jason Kelty: learn the basics and try your hand at carving from 1-3 and 4-6 PM

Learn guitar basics at the SDML Academy of Guitar booth from 12:30-2:30 PM

Sticker making fun: create and wear your own stickers

Sculpture scavenger hunt: explore JSP in search of sculptures using a full color guide

Camp ARTY Fact activity area presented by the KY Historical Society from 1-3 PM

Make your own Frankfort, KY ROCKS at the Bluegrass Theatre Guild booth

Make your mark on the JSP Chalk Talk board by Scott Ross

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

Additional art and craft activities for all ages!


Additional FREE FUN:Bubbles at Josephine Sculpture Park

Bubble FUN from 3-5pm

Community Drum Circle on the stage at noon (bring a drum or play ours)

Meet the animals at the Salato Wildlife Center booth

LIVE MUSIC on the KECU music stage all day long!

Explore JSP on a self guided tour

Learn about some great community organizations including The Franklin County Humane Society, the KY Conservation Committee and KY Natural Lands Trust.

KECU Music Stage:KECU music stage at Josephine Sculpture Park

11-12 PBR Trio

12-1pm Community Drum Circle led by Joan Brannon (bring your drum or play with some of ours!)

1-2pm Honey & Houston

2-3pm River City Drum Corp

3-4pm SDML Academy of Guitar

4-5pm Heath & Molly

5-6pm John Harrod and the Fiddle Jammers


Additional advanced workshops and fun:hot air balloon at Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park

Hot Metal Pour: Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum will help you create your own cast aluminum relief sculpture – NEW shapes this year!! $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

Hot Air Balloon rides from 4-6pm: $10 per person

Professional face-painting all day: $5 & $10 (supports JSP Kids Make Art workshops)


Great Food & Beer:

Crank and Boom ice-creamWest Sixth at Josephine Sculpture ParkCrank and Boom at Josephine Sculpture Park

– Forged Coffee Co.

– KY’s Best Burgoo (with burgers and dogs too!)

– Mi Fiesta

Mr. Gyro’s Greek

– Staxx BBQ

West Sixth Brewing


The Festival is GOING GREENHelp 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!!


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 June 1, 2017.


This event is sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, click the link above.

Matching funds made possible by LG&E and KU in partnership with Fund for the Arts.

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

Fall Arts Festival is supported by National Endowment for the Arts

Kentucky Employees Credit UnionKY Arts Council supports JSPArtsMatch supports Josephine Sculpture Park

Fall Arts Festival Fun Video Blast from the PAST:


More information will be posted as specific events are scheduled for the day.

Click here for past events

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