The 2019 Socrateens cohort. Photo by Douglas Paulson.


Socrateens is a year-long concentrated program for 10 teens to create experimental art at the Park. Selected from various New York City high schools, the Socrateens work closely together to develop sculpture-making, drawing, performance, and photo/video skills as well as visiting artist studios, museums, and galleries (the 2019-2020 academic year Socrateens transitioned to an online curriculum due to the Coronavirus pandemic). Participants receive a monthly artist’s stipend of $100.

The 2019-2020 academic year Socrateens are participating in the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition at Socrates with a multifaceted project that includes a zine titled ‘Monuments Decoder‘ and a collectively-realized sculpture installation.

An exhibition of the 2020 Socrateens’ artwork took place on the Park’s Instagram, @socratespark, on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 – and is archived HERE on the website..


Douglas Paulson is a Queens-based artist and educator who has done collaborative and participatory artworks in institutions and streets of Denmark, Germany, South Korea, Iceland, New York City, and other places near and far. He loves drawing, sewing, gardening, and hot gluing things. You can reach him at


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.