Paintings, crafts, photography, music, dance and much more will be on display for everyone to either enjoy or purchase as the Courthouse grounds are transformed into an outdoor theatrical center and gallery for the inaugural “Arts on the Square” festival set for Saturday, July 27.
This event will run from noon to 8 PM on the square with over 100 vendors/participating artists. The festival will wrap around Courthouse Square, Linden Street, and Spruce Street. North Washington Avenue will be closed and one lane of Adams Avenue will be open to traffic.
“We are very happy to be a part of this festival because of the overall impact it has on our area,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. “The arts are an important part of the economic landscape of Lackawanna County. Cultural activities foster a sense of community and family and also provide a teachable moment when one examines a historic piece of literature, a great painting, or precious artifacts from the past.”
“This area possesses a tremendous number of talented individuals. The “Arts on the Square” is the perfect platform to showcase the great works, theater skills and musical talents that are here in our area,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz. “’Arts on the Square’ reminds us of the impact arts have on all segments of our community. This is one special event that can only get bigger and better.”
“This is a great activity that serves a dual purpose,” noted Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. “It creates an opportunity for artists and performers to present their talents, and it also generates business and revenue for downtown shops, restaurants and specialty stores.”
Local vendors and visual artists will have art and crafts for sale. The public can also enjoy performances on three stages, featuring music, dance, comedy, and the spoken word.
The Lackawanna County Library System, the Everhart Museum and the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present on the North Washington side of the Courthouse “Art in the City: Text in Action.” Text will come alive through performance, art, and the spoken word. The tented stage will showcase local artists who will: deliver interactive performance-based activities; demonstrate the art of spoken word with improvisation and poetry; and create a mixed media mural, which the public can help to create.
Additional festival activities include: a curated outdoor art gallery, a “Do-It-Yourself” workshop tent, large-format photography demonstrations, screen-printing, and yoga on the Courthouse lawn.
Local food trucks will provide food and beverages. Mission Yoga, Lavish, Whisky Dick’s, Subway, Carl Von Lugers, The Bog and Burlap & Bourbon will be open and offer a variety of specials.
The “Gypsy Jazz Quintet” will close-out the festival with a performance from 6 PM – 8 PM on the Square.
The downtown garages will be offering a $5 rate for parking.