About

Experience Socrates’ unique environment through Field Guide – a series of experimental workshops that combine art making and the natural world. Field Guide workshops are free, hands on, open to all ages, families and/or individuals, and any skill level!

Field Guide workshops take place on select Saturdays, May – September 2021, from 11AM – 1PM.  Pre-registration is required for Field Guide workshops as class size is limited to 20 participants for social distancing purposes. Each Field Guide workshop participant must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth unless they are under the age of two.

Here are some things that Field Guide workshop participants will explore:

-Planting & gardening
-Drawing
-Sound recording
-Storytelling
-Plant and tree identification
-Medicinal properties of Indigenous plants
-Pickling
-Bookmaking
-Bioplastics

These workshops will also explore mindfulness techniques, seeking to grow our shared awareness of the natural cycles of the Park as well as our own senses.

The series will result in a book: ‘Field Guide, A Community-made Book of Knowledge,’ that will be both a collaborative artwork and a guide to the ecology of the Park!

Field Guide Workshops

Planting Healing, Pickling, & Pigment Gardens #1–>

Saturday, May 1  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Anna Poaster of Hellgate Farm & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

 

Planting Healing, Pickling, & Pigment Gardens #2–>

Saturday, May 8  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Anna Poaster of Hellgate Farm & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

 

Seeing Spring–>

Saturday, May 22  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Education Douglas Paulson & Educator Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn

 

Wild Body Dreaming & Embodied Listening–>

Saturday, June 5  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Public Programs Audrey Dimola

 

Deep Listening & Sonic Meditation–>

Saturday, June 12  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Education Douglas Paulson and Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

 

Propagation – Take The Park Home With You!–>

Saturday, June 26  • 11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Anna Poaster of Hellgate Farm & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

 

Healing–>

Saturday, July 10  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

 

The Shape of Wind–>

Saturday, July 17  •   11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

 

Making Bioplastics & Bio-Fashion Show–>

Saturday, July 24  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

 

Seeing Summer–>

Saturday August 7   •   11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn

 

Park-Made Ink On Park-Made Paper–>

Saturday, August 14  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

 

Storytelling–>

Saturday, August 21  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Public Programs Audrey Dimola

 

Seeds–>

Saturday, September 11  • 11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

 

Seeing Fall–>

Saturday, September 18  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn

 

Prepare for Winter–>

Saturday September 25  •  11AM – 1PM  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

Field Guide Educators

Kim Calichio

Kim Calichio is the Co-Founder and Director of The Connected Chef. The Connected Chef is a grass-roots, community organization re-envisioning food access to ensure that every household has local, nutritious food. Through their sliding scale Lifeline Grocery program, they source fresh ingredients from farms in NY/NJ/PA and deliver weekly groceries to over 700 households across Queens.

Christina Delfico

Christina Delfico is the founder of iDig2Learn, which allows children and their families to explore science and the origin of food through plant life. Plants serve as the gateway to lifelong discovery of all the living things in our water, sky, and land. When one stops and truly sees the marvels of all things, big and small, one can better protect them recognizing how vital they are to our life on earth.

Christina’s early career was dedicated to creating and producing children’s media with Sesame Workshop which helped her recognize the joy of learning at every age. iDig2Learn is a project of Open Space Institute, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.

Audrey Dimola

Audrey Dimola joined the Socrates Sculpture Park staff in 2016, and now serves as Director of Public Programs. Born and raised a few blocks from Socrates, she grew up frequenting the Park. She has taken great joy in planning and managing Socrates’ diverse and robust range of free public programs, spanning concerts, large-scale festivals, dance and theatre, international film, health and wellness offerings, community services, and art-making activities. Audrey is also a lifelong artist and performer who began her career as an arts journalist. She holds nearly a decade of experience curating, hosting, and holding space for multidisciplinary arts events, sacred ceremonies, and creative gatherings.

Douglas Paulson 

Socrates’ Director of Education Douglas  Paulson is a Queens-based artist who loves the sounds of spring. Doug’s practice is expansive, weaving together sprawling social projects in public space; to intimate drawings, books, and sound experiments. www.douglaspaulson.com

Anna Poaster

Anna Poaster is one of the farmers at Hellgate Farm. Hellgate is a network of residential gardens in Queens, NYC a site in Canaan, NY. The organization promotes urban gardening, responsible land stewardship, and a permaculture lifestyle within their community. The Farm aims to provide opportunities for people interested in these practices to connect and learn, as well as to share in the abundance of the harvest.

As a Queens resident, Anna manages Hellgate’s nursery and compost operations and is excited about all things agricultural.

Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Jeannette Rodríguez Píneda is a Dominican-American mixed media artist and educator using antiquarian emulsion-based processes as a means of remembering soils called home. They have an intergenerational teaching practice rooted in love ethic as liberation that spans across the five boroughs of New York City.