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JOSEPHINE SCULPTURE PARK INC

where art meets the earth

FRANKFORT, KY   |  josephinesculpturepark.org

Mission

Our mission is to connect people to each other and the land through the arts. We provide creative arts and nature education to our community and transformative opportunities to artists while conserving the beauty of Kentucky’s native, rural landscape. Our vision is to be a leader in our community that respects and reflects diverse voices and ideas through shared, creative experiences and responsible land stewardship practices.

Ruling year info

2010

Director

Melanie VanHouten

Assistant Director

Jeri Katherine Howell

Main address

3355 LAWRENCEBURG RD

FRANKFORT, KY 40601 USA

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EIN

27-0686281

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our vision is to be a leader in our community that respects and reflects different voices and ideas through shared, creative experiences and responsible land stewardship practices.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Explore365

The 30 acre Josephine Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year, free of charge, from dawn to dusk. At present, the park’s 70+ artworks - primarily large-scale sculptures, environmental installations and graffiti murals - are strategically placed along 2 miles of mowed trails that wind throughout the rolling terrain of meadows, fields and young forests. JSP’s rotating exhibition includes renowned artists Chakaia Booker (NY), Boaz Vaadia (Israel/ NY), T-Kid (NY) and Heather Hart (NY), as well as works from early-, mid- and late-career local, regional and national/international artists. A gallery without walls, JSP is an unprecedented oasis of art in the heart of Central Kentucky, one serving as an impactful cultural and environmental epicenter for the regional community and a wider audience from across the US and abroad.

Population(s) Served

This Artist in Residence (AiR) program provides artists with time, funding, housing and studio facilities as well as technical, educational, and administrative support to create, install, and exhibit new work at JSP. Artists engage the community through workshops, lectures, artist talks and informal interactions. This project is significant in two primary ways: 1) it encourages artists to take risks, experience professional growth, and develop new innovative work that is immediately visible and 2) it connects community members to contemporary art and the artists who create it through meaningful, personal exchanges, which are otherwise unavailable in our region.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Children and youth

The grounds at JSP provide a variety of ecosystems to explore. At present, the park’s 70+ artworks are strategically placed along 2 miles of mowed trails that wind throughout the rolling terrain of meadows, fields,
and young forests. Ongoing initiatives focus on revitalizing several wooded areas and aggressive removal of invasive plant species throughout the park. There are 3 revitalized meadows that have been reseeded and planted with Kentucky native wildflowers and grasses to improve birding habitats and encourage birding activities. Features include a sculptural bird blind, educational signage and bird feeders to create low-impact birding and educational exchanges. A 7000 cu.ft. pond has been restored providing a water source for
myriad indigenous and migrating wildlife.

Population(s) Served

Art in Public Places has taken art beyond the meadows of JSP and into the Frankfort community reaching 50,000+ people. JSP oversees the commission, approval processes, community engagement efforts, and construction management for commissions and repairs of artworks in this program. In total, JSP manages a collection of 30+ public artworks (murals and sculpture) in 4 locales (South Frankfort, Downtown Business District, RiverView Park, and the East-West Connector/MLK intersection). This project expands the reach of JSP, taking contemporary visual art directly to where community members live, work, and play, resulting in more vibrant creative space, increased access to the arts, and cultivating tourism.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Kentucky Arts Council 2022

Kentucky Association of Environmental Educators 2022

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance 2022

Alliance of Artist Communities 2022

Alternate ROOTS 2022

International Sculpture Center 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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JOSEPHINE SCULPTURE PARK INC

Board of directors
as of 09/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrew Marsh

Conn Center for Renewable Energy at U of L

Term: 2020 - 2023

Carol Baughman

Retired Librarian

Andrew Marsh

Conn Center for Renewable Energy at U of L

Joyce Bender

Retired KY Forestry Dept., Exotic Pest Plant Council

Emma McClellan

University of KY Hospital

Garth Waterfield

Investors Heritage

Krystal Conway-Cunningham

Frankfort High School

Theodore T. Myre, Jr. (Tad)

Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs, LLC

Ann Mullins

Ann Mullins Design

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/6/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.