Park Profile: 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.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE PARK AND HOW HAS IT EVOLVED OVER TIME?
I grew up two blocks away from Socrates, so I’ve been playing, dreaming, writing, and running around in the Park since I was a little girl. I turned 30 in 2016, which was serendipitously the same year Socrates had its 30th Anniversary. That summer I was hired by the Park for a seasonal position as Public Programs Coordinator, and then received the incredible opportunity to take over as Director of Public Programs in 2017. Working for Socrates has truly been one of the greatest gifts, joys, and generative challenges of my life.
WHEN DID YOUR INTEREST IN POETRY BEGIN AND HOW?
I’ve been writing poetry since I was a kid! I’m NYC public schooled (proud LIC High School alum) and was always encouraged creatively by my teachers and also by my mom. After college, I began curating events in NYC – mixing spoken word, music, art, theatre, and interactive improvisation. This desire to share my own journey, while bringing people together to share theirs in a supportive and open way, has propelled me to embrace the fullness of myself – not only as a poet and artist, but as a community connector and space-holder.
HOW DOES POETRY INFORM YOUR WORK AT THE PARK?
Poetry reminds me that I can choose to create the meaning that imbues my life with purpose, hope, connection, and truth. For me, Socrates is a living poem. The Park was founded by spirited fellow poetry lover, Mark di Suvero, and it continues to evolve and grow moment by moment, year by year, thanks to the vibrantly diverse community that comes together here.
*Selected for Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day 2020.
‘In a Tree House’ By Hafiz
Will someday split you open
Even if your life is now a cage,
For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold the title to.
Love will surely bust you wide open
Into an unfettered, blooming new galaxy
Even if your mind is now
A spoiled mule.
A life-giving radiance will come,
The Friend’s gratuity will come –
O look again within yourself,
For I know you were once the elegant host
To all the marvels in creation.
From a sacred crevice in your body
A bow rises each night
And shoots your soul into God.
Behold the Beautiful Drunk Singing One
From the lunar vantage point of love.
He is conducting the affairs
of the whole universe
While throwing wild parties
In a tree house – on a limb
In your heart.