We envision the Fall Arts Festival (FAF) positively affecting the development of a stronger, healthier, more connected community with an enhanced quality of life for all residents. Visible/tangible measures include the creation of art, music, photographs, written reflections, amateur and professional exhibits and an increased number of art-making and appreciating citizens. FAF activities increase community pride, meaningful social interaction among residents of different backgrounds and the ability to work together through empathy and understanding.
On Sept 10, 2017 Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) will hold their annual Fall Arts Festival, a free one-day interactive arts experience engaging 3,000 people of all ages, races, genders, ethnicity, income, religious beliefs & sexual orientation to participate and connect with each other through shared artistic experiences. Participants at FAF will gather together to make, view, touch, see, listen, and experience art in a variety of mediums. This is a public, highly interactive, hands-on, participatory event that focuses on experiencing and making art as opposed to simply buying it. FAF is purposefully designed to expose attendees to a wide range of art processes and cultures which ensures that all attendees will find something they love and connect with it.
Franklin County lacks a strong cohesive social fabric, a critical component of a healthy community. Healthy places are those that enhance the quality of life for all who encompass the area. (World Health Org.). It is often said that we are our own worst enemy and that we have grown up believing that to do anything interesting, we must go somewhere else because we have nothing to give. During a 2016 survey, community members identified that division, dysfunction, and the absence of community awareness are the greatest challenges facing Frankfort. The town is small but exists as distinct sectors as geographic divisions segregate community members. As the state capital, the influx of state employees and visitors is also a constant challenge that makes connecting with people that actually live here quite difficult. JSP works to build connections and culture through art-making and creative experiences and the FAF is one way that we do that successfully.
FAF is held at JSP which exists on 20 acres of reclaimed farmland and hosts a hands-on, rotating exhibit of approximately 50 artworks, primarily large-scale outdoor contemporary sculpture in the midst of native meadows and natural habitat. The inclusivity of FAF and the gathering of diverse groups of people make it the perfect opportunity for purposeful dialogue and creative community building.