The 2019 Socrateens cohort. Photo by Douglas Paulson.



Socrateens is a year-long experimental art-making program for eight teens selected from various NYC high schools. Each Socrateen receives a monthly artist’s stipend of $100.

Meeting weekly at the Park, the Socrateens work closely together to develop sculpture-making, drawing, performance, and photo/video skills. The program also includes visits to artist studios, museums, and galleries. (The 2019-2020 academic year Socrateens transitioned to an online curriculum due to the Coronavirus pandemic).

The 2019-2020 Socrateens contributed to the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition at Socrates with a multifaceted project that includes a zine titled ‘Monuments Decoder‘ and a collectively-realized sculpture installation. They also created an exhibition of their own artwork on the Park’s Instagram @socratespark – check it out!


APPLICATION DUE-DATE: September 16th, 2020

We’re looking for a diverse group of teen artists, who would like to explore art making in new ways. You must be committed to your artwork, able to travel on your own (we will provide MTA cards), and able to join classes by Zoom.

If you would like to join Socrateens, email the instructor, Doug, at and ask for an application. It’s quick and easy to apply, we’d like to see 3-5 of your original artworks.

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“Socrateens has completely changed my mindset on art. I am the youngest in the program and I haven’t had a lot of experience with outside art, this program gave me a lot of insight on the process of art. Being part of art isn’t just making it, all the people we met showed me you can do a lot more and even making a living out of it.” – Farzana

“It was my first job and one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in regards to being able to do what I love: art.” – Anabella

“One of the most valuable parts of this year was us using out-of-the-ordinary equipment. I found this very strange but it was a fun experience that I never had before.” – Sohit

“I find really special about Socrateens is the small community we are in. I loved how the staff engaged with us, talked to us, and actually respected our ideas as young artists.” – Laura

“When you put different artists, whether that be of animators, comic creators, drawers, painters, sculptors and even dancers, storytellers and poets in the same group, conversations are indeed possible and even more interesting.” – Michela


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.