32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11106
Description: Socrates Sculpture Park has launched a new summer shuttle bus service to promote and connect Long Island City's cultural institutions, while linking the Western Queens waterfront to a major transit hub at Court Square.
The bus, which will stop at the entrances of Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1. (see website schedule ). The bus holds twenty-five passengers, seated on a first come, first served basis. Each Museum is open until 6PM, Socrates Sculpture Park closes at sunset. SculptureCenter will be closed on the following dates: 5/17?18, 5/24?25, 5/31, 8/3, 8/9?10, 8/16?17, 8/23?24, 8/30?31, 9/6?7, 9/13?14.
*The 5:30 bus returns to Socrates for the final stop. This free service is made possible by generous support from Shelley and Donald Rubin, and is a partnership between Socrates, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1.
Venue Description: In 1986, a coalition of artists and community members led by Mark di Suvero decided to retake an abandoned riverside landfill that was being used as an illegal dumpsite and make it into an open space for art and artists. Since then, Socrates Sculpture Park has become an internationally renowned outdoor museum. It is today the only spot in the New York metropolitan area specifically designed to allow artists the opportunity create and showcase large-scale work in an environment that encourages interaction between artists, artworks, and the public.
Since 2006, the park has been expanding its Community Works Initiative program, which offers employment and job training to area residents, including those of the nearby Astoria projects. Participants learn landscaping and basic horticulture skills as they tend the park gardens. At the end of the program, all participants have new marketable skills and knowledge of the resources and cultural events that the park has available for the community and visitors. Among the events and activities that the park offers are kite flights, fitness programs, workshops, the LIC Bike Parade, Summer Solstice, Makers Market, outdoor cinema, an annual Earth Day event, and the Halloween Harvest Festival. In July and August, there are free summer outdoor art-making workshops with a variety of topics.