Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
This outdoor museum and public park provides space for artists to create and exhibit sculptures and multimedia installations. The park—located along the water in Long Island City and boasting an incredible view of Manhattan—was founded in 1986 by sculptor Mark di Suvero and is now considered a New York City park.
Socrates first began offering art-making workshops for local youths in 1990 and, today, hosts free arts education programming for children, teens and adults. The park hosts exhibits throughout the year. This summer, the site will display work by artist Virginia Overton.
The park’s programs include The Socrates Annual, a culminating exhibition of its Emerging Artist Fellowship program during which 15 artists are awarded a grant and 24-hour access to the site’s outdoor artist studio; and Outdoor Cinema, a series of summer screenings during which foreign films are paired with cuisine from the movie’s country of origin.
The sculpture park also hosts jazz and hip hop performances during the summer, dance festivals, Broadway-themed events, Metropolitan Opera recitals, circus performances and a festival featuring Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York. Its health-related classes include yoga, tai chi, capoeira and boating.