Happy nARTure Tuesday and “Celebrate the Earth Week” here in Frankfort, KY! Today, be sure to check out and register for Earth Day (Thursday!) guided walks in Frankfort City Parks, organized by Together Frankfort: https://www.togetherfrankfort.org/2021-earth-day-frankfort.html
2021 Earth Week Proclamation by the
WHEREAS, the City of Frankfort, through its elected officials, government employees, civic organizations, educational institutions, volunteer groups, the faith community, and others work to create an awareness of the abundance of natural resources in our Frankfort and Franklin County community and to initiate and encourage programs which engage all citizens in protecting the social, historic, economic, and spiritual value of these resources; and
WHEREAS, during the week of April 19 through April 23, Kentucky State University (KSU) will conduct Earth Week 2021, with daily virtual educational workshops and an Earth Day celebration organized by KSU’s Land Grant faculty from the KSU Environmental Education Research Center; and
WHEREAS, Together Frankfort, a local civic engagement organization, has partnered with other community organizations and with the City of Frankfort, urging Frankfort’s citizens to celebrate our precious natural resources, either at their own homes or with friends, or through the several opportunities available both online and at Frankfort’s city parks; and
WHEREAS, Frankfort has distinguished itself in promoting the awareness, protection, and respect for its natural resources, which include, but are not limited to:
- The Kentucky River system;
- Eight city parks, of widely varying size and recreational options, all which feature both natural and built environments for experiencing the out of doors;
- Vast acres of publicly available greenspace, including the grounds of Kentucky’s Old State Capitol, the New State Capitol, and Kentucky State University;
- A wildlife center with two fishing lakes, hiking trails, and an exhibit center educating citizens about wildlife and natural resources from across the Commonwealth;
- A nonprofit sculpture garden and artists’ retreat, with programs and workshops blending environmental education and nature studies with a wide variety of visual, spoken, and performance artistry, and;
- An Urban forest protection program enabling Frankfort’s designation as a Tree City for over two decades, a program which recognizes communities that protect urban forests and trees, and.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, M. Layne Wilkerson II, Mayor, do hereby proclaim April 18 through April 24, 2021 as “Celebrate the Earth Week” in the City of Frankfort, Kentucky.
“Celebrate the Earth Week”
Happy Sculpture Saturday and (almost) International Sculpture Day! This week, we feature one of the NEWest sculptures installed at JSP: In The Shade Of by Jonathan Forrence. This piece is part of Forrence’s exhibition, Tied to the Land. Learn more at jonathanforrence.com.
Celebrate International Sculpture Day with us on April 24th by registering for the guided Sculpture Saturday Tour to check out all the new sculptures in the park! Registration required at josephinesculpturepark.org/calendar.
Sculpture Saturday is sponsored in part by Expree Credit Union. Donate today! Thank you!
Happy nARTure Tuesday! This week, no matter your age, we invite you to PLAY! Outdoor free play is a creative, rejuvenating, healthy, and fun activity. We encourage play during your visit to JSP, like at our growing nature play space. Check out the new site for the beloved climbing tree! We moved this former sculpture from the concrete amphitheater over to the softer grass and nature play space site. Come check it out! Climbing encouraged 🙂
To learn more about the benefits of outdoor free play, check out Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest’s Children at Play Network https://
nARTure Tuesday is sponsored in part by Expree Credit Union and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. Donate at josephinesculpturepark.org. Thank you!
Welcome to Sculpture Saturday with JSP Park Manager & Artist in Residence, Riley Fichter! Did you know that JSP and Frank Arts has partnered with city tourism to launch a guided, in-person Frankfort Public Art Tour? From April to October, we will host monthly tours of public art in downtown Frankfort, KY. Learn more about the sculptures and murals downtown by registering for an upcoming tour (like this Sunday, April 11 at Expree Credit Union!) at josephinesculpturepark.org/calendar.
This week’s Sculpture Saturday features Jimmy Joe Jenkin’s mural, Being Yourself, located on the side of Rick’s White Light Diner (Don’t let the construction fool you; Rick’s is OPEN for business and ready to make you delicious food! www.whitelightdiner.com).
Jenkin’s mural is part of the Arts Downtown initiative sponsored by Richard Rosen, in partnership with Frank Arts and Josephine Sculpture Park’s Art in Public Places program. If you’re interested in getting public art in or around your business, contact us at josephinesculpturepark.org.
Sculpture Saturday is sponsored in part by Expree Credit Union. Donate at josephinesculpturepark.org. Thank you!
It’s nARTure Tuesday, y’all! Last week, we had a blast chatting with our friends at Lexington Philharmonic about nature and music. We want to lift up one of the amazing resources they shared for you to experience at home: LexPhil’s “Nature Inspired Music” YouTube playlist (and while you’re there, subscribe to their channel)! Let the nature-inspired classical music tickle your brain and heart this week, and head outside to discover the music all around you!