We will get through this together

Everyone must do their part to protect themselves and others during this pandemic (see New York City government’s Covid 19 health & safety guidelines). In this stressful time, Socrates is here for you as a vital public outdoor space in a dense urban setting. So if you can get here safely, come to the Park and take a breath of fresh air, enjoy the view of the skyline over the East River, and be inspired by ‘The Socrates Annual‘ exhibition.

Covid 19 Park Updates


Socrates is adhering to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s guidelines regarding operations during the Covid 19 pandemic.

• The Park remains open at regular hours (9am–sunset). We will update this page if that changes.

• No group sports or activities are permitted at this time.

• You must maintain a distance of at least six feet from other visitors while at the Park.

• If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and do not visit the Park.

• NYPD and Park Officers are patrolling to ensure public cooperation.


(Updated March 25, 2020)


• The March 29th Closing Party for ‘The Socrates Annual‘ exhibition has been cancelled.


• Our education programs Socrateens and Sculpture Studio have been suspended.

• We have temporarily suspended collection of compostable refuse (food-scraps, plant clippings, untreated paper etc.). This service is offered in partnership with the NYC Compost Project hosted Big Reuse and Grow NYC. The greens bins have been removed and any compostable waste dropped at the Park will be thrown away as trash during this time.


• ‘The 2019 Socrates Annual‘ exhibition has been extended through the spring.


• The May 16 opening of the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition has been postponed to summer 2020 (exact date TBA).


• The Park’s administrative staff is working remotely during the pandemic. Please email info@socratessculpturepark.org with any inquiries or concerns.

Covid 19 Visual Artist Resources

This list of resources (last updated on March 23, 2020) is specifically tailored for visual artists in need of support due to the Covid 19 pandemic. To view Covid 19 resources that include other creative disciplines, we suggest referring to Creative Capital’s continuously updated webpage.


CERF+ The Artists Safety Net–>

Freelance Artists Support–>

New York Foundation for the Arts & Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Medical Grant–>

New York Foundation for the Arts Additional Support–>

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant–>

Mayer Foundation Grant–>

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Relief Fund–>

Max’s Kansas City Emergency Grant–>

*Artist Relief Tree Facebook Fundraiser–>

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund–>

*The Creator Fund–>

NYC Low-Income Artist & Freelancer Relief Fund–>

Leveler Peer to Peer Funding–>

Patreon Grant–>

The Soze Foundation Relief Fund–>

*not accepting additional applications as of 3/24/20


Brooklyn Arts Council Covid19 Loss-of-Work Survey–>

Crowdsourced Tracking of Cultural Workers Economic Losses Due to Covid-19–>

NYC Survey for Nightlife Workers and Freelancers–>


Socrates is an independent non-profit that relies on your generosity to program and maintain this New York City public park! We need support more than ever during this crisis, please consider making a contribution–>