Socrates Sculpture Park




Programming at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2013 is made possible by major donations from:

AT&T, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Consolidated Edison Company, Dedalus Foundation, Dr. Jonathan T. Deland and Emme Deland, Mark di Suvero, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Ford Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Agnes Gund, Jerome Foundation, Herbert J. Kayden M.D., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Family of Phyllis and Bill Levin, The Henry Luce Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Community Trust, Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, David N. Pincus, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Silvercup Studios, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Smith, Jerry I. Speyer 

We are most grateful for the support of Socrates Sculpture Park¹s generous and dedicated Board of Directors:

Mark di Suvero, Chairman
Stuart Match Suna, President
Ivana Mestrovic, Secretary and Treasurer
Kaitrin Cooper
Maxine Frankel
Richard Gluckman, FAIA
Agnes Gund
Hugh Hardy, FAIA
John J. Mucci
Brooke Kamin Rapaport
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Thomas Smith
Janice Stanton
Veronica White, Ex-Officio

Park programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Socrates Sculpture Park is extremely grateful for our partnerships with:

The Academy for Careers in TV & Film

Agostino Arts

The Architectural League of New York

Baccalaureate School for Global Education

Build It Green! NYC

City Parks Foundation

City Vet

City Year

Film Biz Recycling

Film Forum

Free Style Arts Association

Friends of Queensbridge Park

Goodwill Industries

Greater Astoria Historical Society

Green Shores NYC


Hip to Hip Theater

Jacob A. Riis Settlement House


the Little Opera Theatre of New York

Long Island City Community Boathouse

Long Island City Cultural Alliance

Materials for the Arts

The Metropolitan Opera

The Minor Miracles Foundation

The Noguchi Museum

Norte Maar

NYC Department of Transportation

Partnerships for Parks

Plant Specialists


Pooches Sport & Spa

Queens Museum of Art


Rooftop Films

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

Spacetime C. C.


Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA

Transportation Alternatives

Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens

Western Queens Compost Initiative

Special thanks to 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 Jr., and the Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Veronica White. 

Founded in 1986, Socrates is celebrating over 25 years of exhibitions and programming. During this period, the Park has been host to over 900 artists facilitating the production and exhibition of outdoor artworks. We would like to thank all our supporters, artists, performers, teachers, and public for making Socrates Sculpture Park a very special place.

Site Credits

Website design and development:
Folkson Design (Letha Wilson and Nathan Folkman)

Riely Clough, Riely Clough Photography

Bilyana Dimitrova

Steven L. Cohen

Socrates Sculpture Park staff

YouHere Productions

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Since the Park's early years, Plant Specialists, a talented team of architects, designers and horticulturists, has donated trees and plants to the Park and continues to do so today. In 2006, the company's owner, Grahame Hubbard, furthered their commitment to the Park by helping to enhance the landscape, as well as to redefine and expand the Park's Community Works Initiative Program.

Plant Specialists has also dedicated its resources and expertise to the Park's Exhibition and Education Programs by offering materials for artists' installations and summer workshops.

The Community Works Initiative Program
The CWIP offers employment and job training to area residents including the nearby Astoria housing projects. Participants learn basic landscaping and horticulture skills while performing grounds keeping duties and tending to the Park's gardens. The program builds appreciation for the natural landscape, provides marketable skills and future employment options, and offers exposure to the Park's various cultural resources that are available to them and their friends, families and neighbors. The CWIP employees gain technical skills and expertise from special workshops with Plant Specialists' staff and through the guidance of a Plant Specialists gardener, who is assigned to the Park full-time. 



In recognition for its contributions to both the international art world and the local community in Queens, received many awards. In 2007, Socrates was honored by the Long Island City Business Development Corporation for the Park's contribution to the economic growth of Long Island City, and was recognized for its exemplary community service, with a New York State Assembly Citation presented by Assemblywoman Catherine T. Nolan. Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently acknowledged Socrates' importance to the city's cultural life, with a 2006 Proclamation on the occasion of the Park's 20th Anniversary. Member of Congress Carolyn B. Maloney also recognized this milestone with a Congressional Record recognizing Socrates' enormous contributions to the cultural and civic life of our nation. In 2004, the New York City Department of Small Business Services presented Socrates with a Neighborhood Development Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Development. In 2003, Socrates was selected to receive the "Downstate Organization Award for Advancing Cultural Development in New York State" by the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations. In 2000, the Park was awarded both the New York State Governor's Arts Award and a Special Citation from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. In 1998 the Park received a National Recognition Award from the America the Beautiful Fund and in 1995 it was named a "Great American Place", selected as one of 63 specially recognized sites from around the country that are exemplary models of our built environment.




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