Socrates may have corrupted the youth of Athens with philosophy, but the Socrates Sculpture Park is delighting the youth of New York with summer arts programming.
Socrates Sculpture Park, located in Queens along the East River, offers free arts education for kids, teenagers, and families. Drop-in Saturday Sculpture Workshops are open to kids and families from May through September, and the weekday Sculpture Camp hosts kids’ groups in July and August. Teens have been able to participate in a Sculpture Studio and Socrateens, a yearlong experimental art program.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) provided support for this education programming.
Started in 1986 on neglected riverfront land by sculptor Mark di Suvero, Socrates Sculpture Park became a New York City park in 1998. The park does not have a permanent collection, and almost all sculptural works shown have been commissioned and are constructed there, allowing visitors to see and engage in artists’ process. Explore the park’s archive of works exhibited.