Covid 19 Updates
Socrates is adhering to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s guidelines regarding our operations during the Covid 19 pandemic. The NYC Parks Department’s approach to public safety is responsive to city, state, and federal policies.
Hours & Operations
Aerial view of the Park.
• Public parks are considered essential and therefore Socrates remains open at regular hours, 9am–sunset, with free admission. We will update this page if that changes. (Please Note: There are no restrooms at Socrates and our water fountain has been shut off.)
Rules & Regulations
• Do not visit the Park if you are feeling unwell.
• We ask that you do not take undue risk traveling to the Park. Walking, biking, or driving your own car are the safest modes of transportation. There is no car parking at Socrates with the exception of handicap designated vehicles.
• You must maintain a distance of at least six feet from other visitors while at the Park.
• You must cover your nose and mouth with a mask at the Park unless you can assure that you remain six feet away from other visitors at all times. Socrates Artist Rafael Domenech created a manual on how to make your own mask.
• All regular Park rules and regulations also remain in effect during this time. In particular, dogs must remain on a leash at all times at Socrates. Those found in violation of this rule will be fined.
• NYPD and Park Officers are patrolling to ensure public cooperation.
• The Park’s experimental art-making program for local high school students, Socrateens, has transitioned online.
• Beginning May 2nd and for as long as green markets are allowed in NYC public parks, Hellgate Farm will operate a weekly Saturday farm stand at Socrates – offering local produce and small batch goods like hot sauce.
Hellgate Farm’s weekly Saturday farm stand at Socrates.
• In accordance with the NYC Parks Department’s guidelines, all public gatherings at Socrates are cancelled through June 30th. We will post updates to our event calendar when they become available.
• Our education program Sculpture Studio has been suspended.
• Compostable refuse drop-off, offered in partnership with the NYC Compost Project hosted Big Reuse and Grow NYC, has been temporarily suspended. The collection bins have been removed and any compostable waste dropped at the Park will be thrown away as trash during this time. Thank you for your cooperation.
• ‘The 2019 Socrates Annual‘ exhibition was extended to May 17, 2020.
• Artist Dread Scott’s commission for the Park’s Broadway Billboard, ‘To the Avengers of the New World,’ will remain on view through spring 2020.
• The opening of the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition has been postponed to summer 2020 (exact date TBA).
Artist Jeffrey Gibson with a model of his project ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House.’
• The Park’s administrative staff is working remotely during the pandemic. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries or concerns.
• Eric Mathews, the Park’s Director of Grounds & Horticulture, is doing the essential work of keeping the Park beautiful and blooming for the public to enjoy. Thank you Eric!
Eric Mathews, Director of Grounds & Horticulture
Covid 19 Visual Artist Resources
This resource list is specifically tailored for the creative demographic Socrates serves: NYC visual artists. To view continuously updated Covid 19 resources for multiple artistic disciplines and geographic areas, we suggest referring to Creative Capital’s webpage.
Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers In the Visual Arts, 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, Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant, Flux Factory Artist Network Fundraiser, ILYSM $500 Artist Grants, Artist Relief Fund, NOCD-NY Resources
Support Your Park
Socrates does not charge admission for any of its programs, making us 100% reliant on fundraising to support our operations. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are projecting losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars that would have an enormous impact on our $1.7 million annual operating budget. Your support is needed more than ever at this time, please consider making a contribution–>
Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York’s Guelaguetza Festival 2019
Socrates’ staff and board are extremely thankful to these foundations for contributing critical funds to a consortium of mid-sized NYC arts organizations presenting the work of living artists, including Socrates, that have been negatively affected by the Covid 19 crisis:
The Willem de Kooning Foundation
The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation
The David Teiger Foundation
The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
The Cy Twombly Foundation
The Fox Aarons Foundation
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Blavatnik Family Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation
We are also incredibly grateful for generous support from the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust.