Arts Business Basics Workshop Set For November 10

Two local business professionals with several years of accounting and tax backgrounds will be the featured speakers at a free “Arts Business Basics” workshop set for Monday, November 10, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Lackawanna County/Marywood University Entrepreneurial Launch Pad, 507 Linden Street, downtown Scranton.

Donna Simpson of the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center will be presenting a talk on accounting basics, including an introduction to Quick Books. Douglas Forrer, C.P.A will be discussing “Taxation and the Artist” and answering any questions concerning taxes.

Even though the program is free, registration is required. To make a reservation, please call the County’s Arts & Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 016 or email

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Dr. Polly K. Carl Featured Speaker At The September 23 Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast

Dr. Polly K. Carl, a renowned activist for sharing community-based arts and theater information and resources, will be the featured speaker at this year’s “Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast” scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, at The Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic.

The sixth annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, will be held from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Every year, the program brings national speakers on community arts topics to our area.

The breakfast serves as a creative networking event that focuses on educating, motivating and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses and agencies to enhance the quality of life in the communities that comprise Lackawanna County.

It showcases also the artistic talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The tables at the event will be decorated by local artists and organizations.

The program will open with a short performance by the Scranton Shakespeare Festival.  Now in its third year, and the recipient of several Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Community Project Grants, the festival, under the direction of Michael Bradshaw Flynn, is dedicated to bringing free, accessible theater to the Northeastern Pennsylvania public.

Ms. Carl, the Director of HowlRound – A Theatre Commons, will be speaking on “Building A Community-Centered Movement of Theater Practitioners.”

She will focus on how HowlRound has created effective strategies for developing a “Commons” community where organizations and individuals can exchange resources and share information freely.  The term “Commons” refers to community assets that belong to everyone for all to utilize.

HowlRound’s mission is to provide free access to information, audience engagement resources, and technical assistance through an on-line journal, a live streaming television network that features plays and events from all over the globe, and a new play map that spotlights 4,000 artists and organizations. HowlRound also offers playwrighting residencies and symposia.

Previously, Dr. Carl spent two years as Director of Artistic Development at Steppenwolf Theatre and served eleven years at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis – seven as Producing Artistic Director. She also is active as a consultant, producer and panel moderator and sits on a variety of arts-related committees and boards.  Her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society is from the University of Minnesota.

The “Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast” is free and open to the public.  A suggested donation is $5.

Interested parties can register by emailing or calling 570.963.6590, ext. 106.