Kite Flight: DIY & Fly
Kite Making Workshop at Socrates Sculpture Park
Saturday, May 11, 2013
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(Rain or Shine)
On May 11th, more than 500 children and their families joined Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum for our annual kite festival. Using recycled materials, participants built and decorated their very own handmade paper kites in a workshop led by artist Miguel Luciano. Luciano drew upon Caribbean kite traditions for the 2013 workshop, and added a poetic twist to the festival: participants were able to personalize their kites with text and graphics, forming poems and personal statements in the sky that explored ideas of flying, freedom, and community. As always, Kite Flight 2013 was free and supplies were provided.
The Noguchi Museum is dedicated to the work of one of the twentieth century's most important artists and designers. Founded in 1985 by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) in a former photo-engraving plant, the Museum helped pioneer the transformation of Long Island City into an arts destination. From 11am-6pm, Kite Flight attendees can cross the street to view the museum's comprehensive collection of Noguchi's artwork in galleries that surround an open air sculpture garden.
Socrates Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year from 10am to sunset and is located at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. By subway, take the N train to Broadway (Queens). Walk 8 blocks west on Broadway to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard. For cycling or driving directions to the Park, please click here.
This program is supported, in part, by and by from public funds from both the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum are grateful for the support of the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council members James G. Van Bramer and Peter F. Vallone, and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Commissioner Veronica White.