Fall Arts Festival

We had a blast in 2019! Join us in 2020 on Sunday, September 20th!

Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 11am-6pm

10th Anniversary

Featuring Guest Artists:

Heather Hart (NYC)

Sherwin Rio (CA)


Volunteer in 2019

All volunteers get free event parking and a turquoise JSP tshirt. Thank you!

volunteer at JSP!

Thank you to our 2019 Volunteer Sponsors (so far!): Capital Day School, South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, Good Shepherd Catholic School, and Girl Scout Troop 724.


Rain or shine!

This event is free. Parking is $10 per car, truck, van, or even a bus!!

This is an experiential arts festival – our focus is providing you, your friends and family with opportunities to make art or experience and 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! FREE ART Activities:

Meet our featured guest artist Heather Hart from Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about her upcoming installation of the Porch Project at JSP and how you can get involved in the creation of this piece.

Create a welcoming piece for Welcoming America with International Sculpture Center Artist in Residence, Sherwin Rio!

Explore sculptures installed this year throughout the park, especially those in the new Southeastern Ridge!

Tie dye: Local artists Jody Jaques and Doris Thurber will guide you through the colorful world of tie dyeing – FREE if you bring your own cotton item, or JSP tshirts, onesies, & totes (all $10) are available for purchase.

Make your mark on Peyton Scott Russell’s  sculptural graffiti sanctuary, GRAPHOLOGYHENGE, with paint & markers!

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 workshops led by Hound Dog Press, super FUN!

Paper Making: Joanne Price of Starpointe Studio will guide you through this creative workshop where you can make (plantable!) paper to take home.

Stone carving demonstrations by Jason Kelty: learn the basics and try your hand at carving.

Learn some dance moves with Kentucky Dance Academy!

Make your own rhythms at the community drum circle, lead by Lara Panayotof!

Paint rocks and pipecleaner fun at the Kids Activity Tent!

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

Spinning demonstration with Anita Bolen

Guitar concert & intro lessons with SDML Academy of Guitar

Additional art and craft activities for all ages!

Art Market:

Meet local artists and learn about their processes and how they create the amazing art they make. Jewelers, woodworkers and ceramic artists will conduct demonstrations and have hand-crafted work for sale. If you aren’t into making your own sculpture at the festival, you can take home a special JSP souvenir made by one of these talented KY artists!

Lucy Azubuike – JSP artist-in-residence, photography

Treehouse Goods, Tara Modjeski – jewelry

Lunadendron, Emelie Weber – fibers

Dog Hair Pottery Studio, Eliza Petzinger – pottery

Josh Trombley – sculpture

Hammered, Cathy Tomlinson – jewelry

Ernie’s Art, Ernest Duffee IV – painting, mixed media

Additional FREE FUN:Bubbles at Josephine Sculpture Park

Squallis Puppeteers Mingle 1-3pm.

Bubble FUN from 3-5pm.

Meet the animals at the Salato Wildlife Center booth.

Learn about some great community and environmental organizations including Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites;  The Franklin County Humane Society; Kentucky Conservation Committee; Friends of the Farmers MarketBluegrass Greensource; Kentucky State University Environmental Education & Research Center; Woods & Waters Land Trust; Wild Birds Unlimited; and Frankfort Audubon Society (bird blind tour 12:30pm & 3:30pm).

Expree Credit Union Music Stage:

11-12: Sarah Kate Morgan

12-1pm: Kentucky State University Blue Brass Band

1-2pm: CornMaiz

2-3pm: River City Drum Corp

3-4pm: 1200

4-5pm: Villa Mure

5-6pm: John Harrod and the Fiddle Jammers

Sound Production by Jordon Ellis & Marcus Brothwell

Additional advanced workshops and fun:

Glassblowing ornaments with Chad Balster! $35

Hot Metal Pour: Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum will help you create your own cast aluminum relief sculpture – NEW shapes this year!! $30+

Ceramic tile painting: $5

Blacksmithing: Patrick Smith 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 (supports JSP Kids Make Art workshops) – weather permitting

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

Great Food & Beer:West Sixth at Josephine Sculpture Park

Sav’s Chill (ice cream)

Bluegrass Kettle Masters

West Sixth Brewing


Mr. Gyro’s

Sweet T’s Tasty Dog & Soul

Mi Fiesta

Pucker Up Pink Lemonade

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 help from our friends at Franklin County Solid Waste Management, this festival is ZERO WASTE! That means that all the waste generated from this event goes into its appropriate waste stream: compost, recycle, reuse or landfill.


Support the businesses that support JSP


This event is sponsored by the Expree 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. This project is also supported in part by an award from Fund for the Arts, with support from LG&E and KU.

This project is supported in part by an award from the HSG Foundation at the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

Additional sponsors include Frankfort Parks and Recreation, Frankfort Tourism, Harrod Concrete and Stone Co., The Villas at Berry Hill, Toyota Motor Manufacturer of Kentucky, & Frankfort Plant Board.

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

Fall Arts Festival is supported by National Endowment for the Arts

Are YOU an Artist?

If you are interested in participating at the 2020 Fall Arts Festival as a performing artist/group or as a visual artist who would like to conduct a workshop or demonstration, please contact us for an application in January of 2020.

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…”



There are bee hives at the park. If you are allergic, please bring the necessary medications.

Fall Arts Festival Fun Video Blast from the PAST:

Click here for past events


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