Summer Solstice Celebration
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 • 5 PM – DUSK
Summer Solstice is the longest and most light-filled day of the year, and one of our favorite days to celebrate at Socrates.
Mark this midsummer phenomenon with art-making workshops and activities from The Noguchi Museum, Free Style Arts Association, and The Blue Bus Project, and join artist / storyteller Satya Celeste to transform the grove of trees into a magical communal art piece.
On stage starting at 6:15pm, we feature youth dance/spoken word performances from 696 Build Queensbridge, and Secret Society Dance Company choreographed by Traequan Middleton representing Astoria Houses’ HANAC Cornerstone. Afterwards, catch Queens native and vocal artist/performer STEFA‘s powerful sonic layering and vocal improvisations, followed by all women drum ensemble Batala New York‘s high-energy Afro-Brazilian rhythms.
Community partners like Agostino Arts face-painting, The Climate Museum and Brooklyn Public Philosophers‘ Ask A Philosopher will be present, in addition to Heidi Neilson’s Moon Arrow project and Socrates 2018 Emerging Artist Fellow, Jesse Harrod.
At sunset, gather around the hill for Urban Shaman Mama Donna Henes‘ annual waterfront Solstice ritual uniting all in reverence and positive energy.