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.

ARTS Engage Day Activities Set For August 1

Reading is fundamental for broadening a youngster’s perspective on life and the world at-large.  It also pays great dividends.

Youngsters, who participate in the Lackawanna County Library System’s Summer Reading Clubs, receive a passport that offers them admittance to a variety of County cultural events.

One activity that the passport is good for is the Friday, August 1, ARTS Engage Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum on 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site, from 10 AM – Noon.

Children with a passport will gain free admission to the program, have access to a variety of fun arts activities and be able to enjoy a free trolley ride with an accompanying adult.

Initiated in 2006, the passport program is a collaboration between the Library System and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority.  It entitles the holder to one free admission at the Electric City Trolley Museum, Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours, Steamtown National Historic Site, the Everhart and Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museums, and the Scranton Cultural Center.

Each Summer since its inception, the passport program has provided children with more than 10,000 free admissions to the County’s major attractions.

For more information on ARTS Engage! Day, please contact the Arts & Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or visit

Mural Design Contest For Moscow & Jessup Bridges

The transportation network in Lackawanna County is second to none.

Now, regional artists have the opportunity to make it colorful and eye-catching, as well.

Lackawanna County is sponsoring a competition for murals on two Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority Bridges in the Borough of Moscow, located at the intersection of South Main Street (Route 435) and Market Street, and in the Borough of Jessup at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Delaware Street.

The bridges were repaired, pargeted and painted through a joint effort by the County’s Roads & Bridges, Buildings & Grounds, Arts & Culture and Community Corrections Departments.

Experienced mural artists from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming are invited to submit designs that celebrate the unique character, rich history and varied traditions of the respective Boroughs.

The winning artist(s) will receive $9,000 for the Moscow Bridge and $8,000 for the Jessup Bridge.  The awards are based on the specifications for the areas to be painted and the projected costs for supplies and equipment rental, which the artists are responsible for providing.  Artists may submit designs for both bridges.

The “Call For Artists” information can be downloaded at The deadline to apply is August 15, and the selected artists will be notified by the end of August. The murals must be completed by November 1.  An information session for the Moscow Bridge will be held on site on Wednesday, July 23, at 6 pm.  The information session for the Jessup Bridge will be held on site on Wednesday, July 30, at 6 p.m.

Artists may register for the information sessions by calling the office 570-963-6590, Ext. 106, or emailing