Whether you are a grandparent planning an afternoon outing or a school teacher planning a field trip, the Frankfort Public Art Tour offers fun, educational experiences that can be enhanced with a variety of activities. You might visit an individual site or take one of the suggested “themed tours.” Themed tours include the History Tour (LINK), the Architecture Tour (LINK), the Sculpture Tour (LINK), and the Sacred Tour (LINK). There are suggested hands-on activities and lesson plans to complement tours and many individual sites.
Sites with special appeal to young children include:
- The RJ Corman Children’s Mural on Wilkinson Street in downtown Frankfort;
- The Paul Sawyier Public Library at 319 Wapping Street in downtown Frankfort; and
- Josephine Sculpture Park on U.S. 127 South of the I-64 interchange
Although these sites are particularly kid-friendly, any site on the tour can engage children’s interest if the experience is interactive. When the Frankfort Public Art Tour was being developed, we had the enthusiastic assistance of a group of youngsters from the King Center in Frankfort. Ranging in age from 4 to 14, these kids showed us what made the tour interesting to them – and the key ingredient was active participation. They enjoyed listening to the clips from the interviews we recorded, but even more, they enjoyed interviewing one another about their experiences on the tour. They liked being documentarians, gathering information, conducting interviews, and taking photographs and creating their own art and poetry in response to the art they experienced on the tour. They were thrilled by the reception at the Grand Theater for an exhibit of their artwork and they loved seeing themselves and their work on the website. You may not be able to provide all of these experiences for the children you take on the tour, but this section includes non-site specific ideas for encouraging active participation.
Another wonderful way to follow up on the Frankfort Public Art Tour is by creating a public art tour of your own community. You don’t have to go so far as creating a website, but you could:
- Identify sites;
- Conduct interviews;
- Take photos;
- Write descriptions; and
- Publish a brochure.
Remember to consider all the different types of art you encountered on the Frankfort Public Art Tour – architecture, monuments, stained glass windows, wall hangings, sculptures, exhibits, and murals. You could even broaden your scope to include landscape art and gardens, public arts events like fairs and festivals or open studios. Find out what makes your community unique and celebrate it!