MISSION

Socrates Sculpture Park is a community engaged New York City waterfront park dedicated to supporting artists in the production and presentation of public art.

HISTORY

Land Acknowledgment

Socrates Sculpture Park is on the ancestral land of the the Lenape, Carnarsie, and Matinecock Peoples.

Artist Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw-Cherokee) invited the Indigenous Kinship Collective to deliver a Land Acknowledgment at the Park as part of the project ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House.’

Organization Background

Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite for decades leading up to 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of artist Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists. Today, Socrates is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and a designated New York City public park.

Known for fostering ambitious and visionary artworks, Socrates has presented more than 1,200 artists on its five waterfront acres, providing them the financial support, materials, equipment, and space necessary to create large-scale works in the public realm. The Park is a center of cultural programming, a producer of contemporary exhibitions, a presenter of a multi-disciplinary performance series, and an arts educator. Socrates’ existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment.

The Park is open 365 days a year from 9am — sundown and admission to our exhibitions, programs, and gardens is always free and all are welcome!

Finances

2020

990, Audited Financials

2021

990, Audited Financials

2022

990, Audited Financials

 

Support

All programming at Socrates Sculpture Park is free and made possible, in part, by support from AG Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, City Parks Foundation, Con Edison, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Dun-Rite Specialized, The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation, Equinor US, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust,  The Goldstone Family Foundation, The Kite Key Foundation, The Kraus Family Foundation, Lambent Foundation, The Leon Levy Foundation, The LeWitt Estate, Mathis-Pfohl Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York City Tourism Foundation, Risk Strategies, Silman, A TYLin Company, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Margaret Silva Foundation, The Speyer Family Foundation, Spacetime C.C., Zeitz Foundation, as well as the Socrates Sculpture Park Board of Directors, and our many generous individual donors.

Socrates’ programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; the NYC Department of  Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.