Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) is seeking $20,000 to support the Youth Education Program (YEP) in the 2019/2020 school year. Through the YEP, JSP anticipates providing 13,000 Kentucky youth with intentional art exposure, education, and in depth experiences. YEP consists of several components including field trips, drop-in visits, hands-on workshops, an experiential festival and outreach specifically targeted to at-risk youth and families struggling with addiction. YEP provides age appropriate field trip packets, educational activities, tours, visiting artist experiences, and hosts teacher orientation sessions. Children learn about the artists and artworks, run and play through the meadows (exploring and imagining), and can even climb on several of the large sculptures.
YEP includes a free interactive Fall Arts Festival, attracting 3000 participants from across the region. Children gather together to make, view, touch, listen, and experience art across disciplines at hands-on activity stations led by professional artists. 2019’s Festival features a nationally acclaimed, multi-media artist, building a massive sculpture and providing interactive workshops for youth from Louisville’s’ River City Drum Corp and Frankfort’s Kings Center. YEP also provides professionally led multi-disciplinary in-depth art workshops throughout the year that are organized in collaboration with community centers and organizations that provide services to at-risk youth.
YEP exposes thousands of KY youth to art and professional artists using unique, engaging, and transformative methods. The program takes art out of the classroom and out of museums into a natural setting that is conducive and comfortable. It enables children to look at, learn about, reflect upon, and approach art in new and different ways. The open space at JSP offers the ability to truly explore the artwork in an exhibit that is entirely hands-on. JSP makes art accessible and available to everyone.