Education at Socrates
Socrates Sculpture Park offers educational programming that explores art making and celebrates shared experiences in Socrates’ unique environment.
We work with experienced artists, educators, naturalists, horticulturalists, and cultural producers to develop workshops that inspire and challenge all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. Recently, we’ve made inflatable sculpture performances with schools, tiny robots from found materials with families, removed an infamous monument, had space-age fashion shows, and we are planning some experiments with healing gardens and bioplastics.
Our educational programming is inspired by the extraordinary diversity of Queens, the natural cycles of the park, and the world-class exhibitions we host.
All of our educational programs are free.
Designed for all ages, this program is offered in the spring, summer, and fall on select Saturdays and combines art-making with natural materials, gardening, experiments in sustainability, and a celebration of the senses!
Teens accepted into this intensive art making program that takes place after school on a weekly basis over the course of one academic year, are paid a stipend of $100/month to create artwork and learn about the art world.
Socrates partners with local middle and high schools to bring students on field-trips to the Park where they create experimental art projects like inflatable sculpture performances.
Summer youth enrichment programs for elementary school age children can register for fun art-making activities at Socrates including designing space-age fashion shows.
Families dropped by the Park on Saturdays in the spring, summer, and fall to make art together – like tiny robots made from found materials.
Free education programs at Socrates Sculpture Park are made possible with generous support from Con Edison, JPB Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Robert Lehman Foundation, with additional support provided, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.