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Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park


Above are four images of the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park (JPSP). The first two images include groups of UMBC students in the park during autumn. The third picture shows part of an art installation--a single tree with fallen branches placed up against the base of its trunk. The fourth image shows a JBSP summer yoga class in progress.
Above are four images of the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park (JBSP). The first two images include groups of UMBC students in the park during autumn. The third picture shows part of an art installation–a single tree with fallen branches placed up against the base of its trunk. The fourth image shows a JBSP summer yoga class in progress.

Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park is on the south side of campus between the RAC and Hilltop Circle.

About the Park

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture produces diverse programming for the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park. Programs offered in the park include an ongoing series of workshops for metro area K-12 students, UMBC student activities and classes, UMBC Wellness initiatives, community restorative yoga, and site-specific visual art installations and live music and dance performances.

Through the generous support of, the initial funder of the park, and UMBC, CADVC has been able to present these programs free and open to the public for the last 20 years!

Visit to learn about our latest programs.


“The true capital of the world is the human ability for creativity, freedom and self-determination in all their
working places.”
  Joseph Beuys


Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park was built with the intention of creating a meaningful forever green space at UMBC for both the campus and the surrounding communities to strengthen our social bonds, to foster human and natural wellness, and to provide a safe and accessible green space. Through UMBC’s Wellness Initiatives, outreach throughout the metro area, and collaboration by diverse groups, as a community we activate this space, which inspires creativity, collaboration, and healing.

You can be a part of accomplishing this mission. There are a number of ways to help extend the reach to the surrounding community both within and beyond UMBC. Thank you for supporting us in our mission to reconnect our community with nature. To learn more about how to get involved, visit

Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership Project

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential German artist who came to prominence in the 1960s. He is known for his performances, sculptures, environments, vitrines, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. He was a charismatic and controversial artist, a committed teacher, and a political activist.

Beuys highlighted the need for greater environmental awareness across the globe through his ongoing social sculpture project entitled, 7000 Oaks. With the help of and over 20 organizations in Baltimore, 7000 Oaks inspired the planting of hundreds of trees and several stones by over 500 people in Baltimore Parks and at the UMBC sculpture site in 2000-2001. More information and images are at this link.


Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership Journal

An image of an open journal from the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park with writing in it.
An image of an open journal from the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park with writing in it.
An image of a closed green Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park journal lies on a bench in the park.
An image of a closed green Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park journal lies on a bench in the park.










At the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park at UMBC, there is a bench, which contains a blank journal. This journal provides visitors to the park with a forum in which to write or to sketch. Over the years these public journals were collected, scanned, and archived at CADVC. Some of those entries are here for viewing. Please be advised the journal has not been edited in any way and may contain content of a serious or adult nature. Parental guidance is advised.

UMBC 2001-2010 Journal Entries in Downloadable Spreadsheet


Land Acknowledgement

With social and environmental awareness at the core of our mission at the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park, we find it critical to acknowledge the ancestral lands of the Piscataway Conoy and Susquehannock peoples that lived and continue to reside on the land that is now UMBC. Over the past 500 years, violence, displacement, and settlement have sought to erase and oppress Indigenous Peoples, their cultures, and their histories. We offer our respect to all past, present, and future Indigenous people connected to this land and we strive to cultivate a space at the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park that prioritizes community, dignity, mindfulness, and personal wellness.   

  • “Nature as Teacher” Video Meditation feat. by Nature Sacred

    Check it out in their May care package!

    May 24, 2021 2:16 PM


    Set aside deadlines and expectations for 12 minutes. Instead, place yourself in nature's hands to find stability and peace. Our partners at the Center of Arts, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC, home to this Sacred Place, can show you how. This is the second of three "Nature as Teacher" meditations, set in a serene nature backdrop near their Sacred Place.

    Listen and watch the program here: 

    Each video meditation is kindly filmed by Research Associate Professor, Director of UMBC’sImaging Research Center and award-winning filmmaker Lee Boot and narrated by UMBC’s Director of Workplace Learning, OD & Wellness and Founder & CEO of Wardell Development Group LLC.,Jill Wardell. The project is supported by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership with a generous gift from Nature Sacred (

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  • From the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park: Happy summer break!

    May 20, 2021 1:46 PM

    Our Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park Firesoul, Sandra Abbott, would like to share one of her favorite stories of the Beuys Park in celebration of summer. She encourages you to look for the little instances of peace and serenity in nature as it is blooming. 

    “ One evening, I stopped by the park at dusk to check in on a dance rehearsal for a performance that the Beuys park was hosting.

    As the sun dimmed, I realized I wasn't the only one watching. 

    A beautiful red fox had trotted into the park and positioned herself up against one of the smaller stones. Curiously, she leaned back on one elbow in the laziest repose. I was stunned by her human-like attitude and what seemed like genuine interest in the dancers' performance! It was a remarkable and funny thing to see — this gorgeous animal interacting with us at a distance, yet thoroughly engaged. 

    Asking the dancers if they'd noticed her, they nonchalantly replied, "Oh, yeah. She's been one of regulars at rehearsals this week."

    One never knows what kinds of human and nature connections one will make in a Sacred Place!”

    In nature, we find connection in the little moments. We encourage you to reconnect with nature, with yourself, and with the things that make you happy this summer!

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  • REMINDER: Oral History Summer Research Opportunity

    Apply by May 10!

    May 7, 2021 3:40 PM

    The CADVC is looking for two UMBC graduate students interested in an oral history research project this summer. The objective is to collect an extensive oral history of the founding, development, and progress of UMBC’s Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park (JBSP) and its three partnership parks in Baltimore City before Labor Day. 

    These positions are open to emerging historians who are interested in gaining experience in interviewing subjects, transcription, and developing strategies for making historical knowledge accessible to community members and online visitors.


    • Conduct 8-10 in-depth oral history interviews with JBSP founders, UMBC staff, Nature Sacred staff, and others
    • Employ advanced audio production skills by recording, editing, organizing, and producing audio files 
    • Conduct transcription of all audio recordings
    • Log documentation of tasks and hours worked


    • UMBC graduate students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 
    • Taken either HIST 736 (Introduction to Oral Histories), similar coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level, or have consent of a department head or CADVC as having competency in this area.
    • Must have the ability to become appropriately certified with IRB through UMBC or provide proof of previous certification 
    • Provide their own transportation to and from campus and have access to their own reliable and suitable audio equipment or the ability to check out equipment from UMBC’s library 

    These two positions carry a stipend of $1,500 each. The stipend will be issued in two installments, one $750 installment at the time of hire or completion of IRB certification and one $750 installment upon project completion.

    Covid-19 Precautions: 

    • It is possible all work may be carried out remotely, but more likely it will require significant in-person recording time with individuals at locations as far as the offices of Nature Sacred in Annapolis and other locations to be determined. 
    • UMBC may require daily health monitoring and/or regular testing just as if incumbents were coming to campus regularly. 
    • It is understood that the on-going pandemic may necessitate continued and unexpected changes in requirements for UMBC research activities for many months to flexibility in responding to these changes will be necessary to the successful completion of the project.

    To Apply:

    Please send your C.V. or resume and a cover email to Sandra Abbott at by May 10, 2021. Candidates will then be contacted for a WebEx interview. No phone calls, please.

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