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General

About the Park

What is the history and mission of the Park?
Click here for more information about the history and mission of the Park.

What is the significance of Socrates’ name and what does the logo mean?
The Park’s founder, visionary sculptor Mark di Suvero, felt the name ‘Socrates Sculpture Park’ was a fitting tribute to the large Greek immigrant community in Astoria. The Park’s logo is a graphic representation of a steel I-beam. di Suvero is well known for incorporating this industrial material – often used as architectural support – into his sculpture practice. The I-beam symbol is also similar to the Chinese character that translates to English as ‘work,’ ‘project,’ or ‘labor,’ – reflecting the grassroots and hardscrabble ethos of the Park.

Getting to the Park

How do I get to the Park?
Click here for directions.

Where can I park my car?
There is no parking available on-site at Socrates with the exception of a handicap accessible spot at the main gate. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood.

At the Park

When is the Park open and what is the price of admission?
Socrates is open 365 days a year from 9am until sundown. Admission to the Park’s gardens, exhibitions, and programs is always free and all are welcome!

What is happening at the Park today/this weekend/this month/this season?
To view our event calendar click here, to view our current exhibitions click here, and to view our education programs click here.

Is the Park wheelchair accessible?
The Park has a handicap-accessible parking spot at our main entrance and a paved path around the perimeter of the lawn. At certain events we deploy wheel-chair accessible mobi-mats and offer headphones for assisted hearing. For more information please call 718-956-1819 x105 or email info@socratessculpturepark.org.

How big is the Park?
Socrates spans five acres (about the size of one square New York City block) on the East river waterfront of Long Island City. The beach at Hallets Cove is also under the Park’s purview. Please note: Hallets Cove is only accessible from the beach gate at 31-10 Vernon Boulevard.

Are there indoor galleries or facilities at the Park?
There are no indoor galleries at Socrates and no visitor center. Our education studio, ‘Sticks,’ is covered and protected from the elements but is not climate controlled.

Are there public restrooms at the Park?
The Park provides port-a-johns for public use from April to October. There are no public restroom facilities at the Park from November to March. There are restrooms available to customers of the Costco food court located in the Costco next to the Park. You do not need a Costco membership card to patronize the food court.

Can I bring my dog to the Park?
Dogs are welcome at the Park but MUST REMAIN ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES. Visitors found in violation of this regulation will be fined by the New York City Parks Department.

Can I eat in the Park?
You are welcome to picnic in the Park. Please dispose of any waste in the trash containers or compost bins located around the Park’s perimeter. There is no barbecuing allowed at Socrates except for the designated grilling are for artist Paul Ramírez Jonas’ 2020 project, ‘Eternal Flame.’

Is there a playground at the Park?
There is no playground at Socrates. We ask that Park visitors DO NOT CLIMB OR TOUCH any of the artworks.

Can I drop my compost off at the Park?
In partnership with Big Reuse and Grow NYC, Socrates offers seven-day-a-week unmanned compost drop-off bins. The bins are located on the south end of the Park near the picnic table. Please comply with compost guidelines. Do not leave your compost inside or outside any area of the Park besides the compost containers. Compost that is left outside the main gate of the Park when we are closed will be thrown in the garbage.

In the Neighborhood

Where can I grab a bite to eat in the neighborhood?
Restaurants within easy walking distance the Park include Château le WoofBel Aire Diner, Arepas Grill, Astoria Provisions, and Flor de Azalea Cafe.

What else is there to do in the neighborhood?
There are many cultural organizations located nearby the Park in Astoria and Long Island City. The Isamu Noguchi Museum is less than a five minute walk away. The Welling Court Mural Project is also within easy walking distance. You can take a longer walk (or short bike or bus ride) to other cultural organizations including The Museum of the Moving Image, MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, and Flux Factory.

Exhibitions

Our Program

How do I learn more about the artworks, exhibitions, and artists at the Park?
To view our current exhibitions click here, to view upcoming exhibitions click here, to view past exhibitions click here, and to search our artist archive click here.

Your Work

How can I exhibit my artwork at Socrates?
Each fall, the Park puts out an open call for applications for ‘The Socrates Annual’ fellowship program, which culminates in ‘The Socrates Annual’ exhibition. Applications for the 2021 program are accepted through December 4, 2021. The Park also holds an annual design-build competition, Folly/Function, in partnership with The Architectural League of New York. To view recent application guidelines click here. Please note: The Park does not have a permanent collection and we mostly exhibit new, commissioned artworks.

Activities & Events

Offered by the Park

What is happening at the Park today/this weekend/this month/this season?
To view our event calendar click here, to view our current exhibitions click here, and to view our education programs click here.

How do I bring a group to the Park for a tour?
Groups planning to visit the Park can either sign up for a Self-Guided Tour and peruse our grounds and exhibitions on their own OR a Guided Tour with a Socrates staff member who will present your group with historical information about the Park and contextual information about the artworks currently on view. You can sign up for either a Self-Guided Tour or a Guided Tour with our tour application. Self-Guided Tours are free of charge. (If you are visiting the Park by yourself or with a few friends you do NOT need to fill out a Self-Guided Tour form. The form is intended for school and/or community groups.) Guided Tours are $150 and capped at 30 people per available staff-member. On average, Guided Tours last around 30 minutes. School buses are able to pull-into and remain inside the Park during Self-Guided or Guided tours.

Do I need to pre-register for free kayaking at Hallets Cove?
You do not need to pre-register for kayaking and canoeing at Hallets Cove. Sign-ups take place on the day of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for kayaking dates. Please visit the Long Island City Community Boathouse’s website a few hour in advance of a scheduled paddle to confirm that it will be taking place.

Planned by You

Can I have my event/party at the Park?
We do not allow personal events like birthday parties at the Park. We also do not allow weddings. Proposals and engagements are welcome however!  Rainey Park, located one block south from Socrates on Vernon Boulevard, is the perfect setting for personal celebrations and gatherings. In select circumstances we rent out the grounds for corporate events, which helps raise money for the Park’s free arts and culture programming. For more information about corporate rentals please email jm@socratessculpturepark.org or call 718.956.1819 x102.

Can my band/theater group/yoga studio etc. do an event at Socrates?
All programs and performances at Socrates are curated by our staff. If you are interested in being part of an existing Socrates festival or event please contact our Director of Public Programs, Audrey Dimola, at ad@socratessculpturepark.org. If you would like to rent out the Park grounds for a corporate event please email jm@socratessculpturepark.org or call 718.956.1819 x102.

Points of Contact

General

How do I contact a specific staff member?
Click here for our staff list and contact information.

Is there a lost and found?
The Park’s lost and found is kept in the administrative office. If you would like to inquire about a missing item please call 718-956-1819 or email info@socratessulpturepark.org.

Communications

Can I shoot my film/have my photoshoot at the Park?
Photo and video shoots must receive prior approval from Socrates. Please contact Sara Morgan at 718-956-1819 x105 or sm@socratessculpturepark.org regarding filming or shooting at Socrates.

Who do I contact for an article about the Park/an artist affiliated with the Park?
Please contact Socrates’ Communications Manager, Sara Morgan, at 718-956-1819 x105 or sm@socratessculpturepark.org with press inquiries.

Support Us

How can I support the Park as an individual?
There are several ways you can support Socrates as an individual! If you are interested in employment or volunteer opportunities click here. If you would like to make a contribution to Socrates Sculpture Park click here or contact the Park’s Development Director Julia Metro at jm@socratessculpturepark.org or 718-956-1819 x102. Donations help support free admission to the Park and free cultural programming!

How can my company/business support the Park?
If you would like to learn more about our corporate volunteer opportunities and/or brand-visibility corporate support packages, please contact Development Director Julia Metro at 718-956-1819 x102 or jm@socratessculpturepark.org.

How can I buy Socrates merchandise and/or exhibition catalogues?
You can purchase Socrates t-shirts, tote bags, and buttons at the visitor services table set up at our major events. All transactions are cash only. You can also purchase merchandise and catalogues from our online shop. Certain catalogues are also available for free online.

Still have a question?

Please call 718-956-1819 or email info@socratessculpturepark.org and we will respond as soon as possible. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM.

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