Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Kentucky Peer Advisory Network consultations

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Josephine Sculpture Park was in operation for about five years without a strategic plan.

“We had a plan we were working from, but it was not fully fleshed out,” said Melanie VanHouten, Josephine Sculpture Park’s artistic director.

Thanks to a Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN) consultancy from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Frankfort-based arts organization is on track for success.

Josephine Sculpture Park worked with Louisville-based consultant Liz Fentress, who specializes in fundraising, strategic planning, board development and organizational management.

“It was so helpful. We completed our consultancy with an actual strategic plan on paper,” said VanHouten. “It helped having a plan on paper with assignments for board members and volunteers and deadlines. We would set goals and meet them.”

Arts professionals on the Kentucky Peer Advisory directory are available to provide three- to six-hour consultancies to assist eligible organizations and individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other needs. Consultancy fees are paid by the Kentucky Arts Council.

Kentucky arts organizations, like Josephine Sculpture Park, as well as community groups incorporating arts programming and individual artists participating in arts council programs are eligible. The application deadline for those interested in receiving a KPAN consultancy is June 15.

“As a small organization with a small and relatively new board, to have that plan exist as a reality absolutely gave us forward motion,” VanHouten said. “We’ll keep doing them as long as we can. It lets us take a breath, look at the big picture and ask if we’re headed where we want to be and how can we get there in the most effective way.

“You can’t put a price on it. I think every organization, even if they’ve existed for a long time, can find some use for a consultancy, can find a new way to grow and evolve.”

For more information on KPAN, contact Sarah Schmitt, arts council arts access director, at, or 502-564-3757, ext. 492.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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