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

Program 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 Visiting Artist Program

Explore365 is the flagship program at Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP), a free, 30-acre park with 60+ hands-on contemporary artworks open 365 days per yr. Explore365 is the year-round series of tours, visiting artists and workshops at JSP which promote creative exploration for thousands of people regionally, nationally and internationally. Farmland has been restored to native meadows through which walking paths connect discrete sculpture sites. Signs engage viewers via questions & information; journals/sketchbooks/interactive cell phone tours promote dialogue. Residencies & facilities serve artists from across the US and abroad. Artist led tours, workshops & demos are conducted for people of all ages and abilities including under-served youth, women & our rural KY populace. Explore365 also goes into area schools to conduct workshops & lectures.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Kids Make Art! Program at Josephine Sculpture Park is a series of workshops led by professional artists. This program directly impacts the education of local youth by supplementing current school arts programs through our free community workshops and visiting artist presentations in the schools. Primarily, these workshops occur outside, in the natural environment at JSP, but sometimes include JSP artists visiting schools when they are not able to participate due to transportation or scheduling issues. Workshop proposals are submitted by professional artists and organizations and are international in scope. They vary widely in length, format, target age groups and processes explored which we have found enables the largest numbers of youth to participate. They generally occur between April and November and may take the form of a field trip lasting half a day, to a week-long workshop in the summer, or even during a 1 day experiential event, like the annual Fall Arts Festival.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The JSP Fall Arts Festival connects the community with the arts & the land in the most experiential manner. This 1 day festival offers a host of artistic experiences to the public. The music stage presents live local musicians while local artists & organizations conduct free demonstrations & workshops including activities such as printmaking, community sculpture, pottery wheel, fabric dyeing, art scavenger hunts, Yoga walking tours. Participants also have the opportunity to create their own cast aluminum relief sculpture to take home at the Hot Metal Pour or to blow a glass ornament or even forge a decorative steel hook on the anvil. A large collaborative sculpture is created and displayed at JSP as part of the community art exhibition. There is something for every age and ability at the Fall Arts Festival. You can even soar above the sculptures in a hot air balloon ride, or simply walk the quiet paths and explore new sculptures on exhibit.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    JSP believes art is for everyone and seeks to be fully inclusive. JSP provides accessible art experiences and removes the financial and geographical obstacles for appreciating and making art. 45% of visitors report that JSP is the only art museum or gallery they visit in a year. It is easy to find and located off of a main highway, accessible to the 40% of Kentuckians who live in rural communities. JSP is located on reclaimed farmland in Frankfort. JSP is free 365 days/yr, engaging a broad audience including the 18.3% of Kentuckians living in poverty who may be unable to afford a museum visit or art workshop. JSP is located in Frankfort but hosts visitors from all over central KY and beyond.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback from youth attending our art and nature classes, JSP changed the basic structure of the program in order to better meet their needs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    JSP strives to provide the most value to community members and relies on feedback to improve.

  • 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 06/06/2022
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

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? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/06/2022

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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.