Socrates Sculpture Park

Long Island City, Queens

Credit: Brian Guinanzaca

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the community origins of this former landfill turned sculpture park from Socrates staff. Socrates Sculpture Park is located on the East River waterfront of an industrial area of Queens, the most culturally diverse county in the United States. The Park was once an abandoned landfill and dumpsite until 1986 when a group of artists and community members, led by visionary sculptor Mark di Suvero, transformed its five acres into an open exhibition space and neighborhood park. For nearly 40 years, Socrates has transformed the park into a thriving cultural organization, supported the exhibition of public art by emerging and acclaimed artists, and served a broad and ever-changing community through diverse and accessible arts programming, education, and unique cultural experiences spanning an array of performing arts genres. This breadth of cultural activity enlivens the Park and creates a vibrant, welcoming environment that is completely free and accessible 365 days a year.

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the community origins of this former landfill turned sculpture park from Socrates staff.

Socrates Sculpture Park is located on the East River waterfront of an industrial area of Queens, the most culturally diverse county in the United States. The Park was once an abandoned landfill and dumpsite until 1986 when a group of artists and community members, led by visionary sculptor Mark di Suvero, transformed its five acres into an open exhibition space and neighborhood park.

For nearly 40 years, Socrates has transformed the park into a thriving cultural organization, supported the exhibition of public art by emerging and acclaimed artists, and served a broad and ever-changing community through diverse and accessible arts programming, education, and unique cultural experiences spanning an array of performing arts genres. This breadth of cultural activity enlivens the Park and creates a vibrant, welcoming environment that is completely free and accessible 365 days a year.

The tour will be primarily outdoors. Closed-toed shoes recommended. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Demonstration of Studio Equipment will include loud noise.

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3201 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106