How Art Can Make Us Happy, Health & Smart Seminar

A panel of distinguished speakers from a variety of disciplines will examine the impact the arts have on the daily health and welfare of people.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will present an Afternoon With The Arts: How Art Can Make Us Happy, Healthy and Smart on Saturday, May 21, in Shopland Hall on the fourth floor of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420. N. Washington Avenue, from 1 – 3 PM.  The program will be followed by a reception, and both activities are free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will be moderated by arts therapist Erin Joyce and feature Dr. Olapeju Simoyan, an associate professor of family medicine and epidemiology at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), a musician and the current editor for TCMC’s Black Diamonds literary journal;  Earl Lehman, a professional local artist; John Rushefski, Superintendent of Old Forge School District and a long-time arts-in-education advocate;  and Katherine Schkloven, owner of Spirited Art Scranton, a business focusing on nurturing the social aspect of the visual arts.

The group’s discussion will center on the many ways that art can positively affect health and wellness, including stress-reduction, brain development, social engagement and healing.

 Afternoon With The Arts is modeled after the successful Wake Up With The Arts program, an annual breakfast now in its eighth year and features a national arts industry speaker.  The concept of Afternoon With The Arts is to integrate the arts into dialogues across multiple disciplines.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was formed in 2004 and is supported through an education and culture fee that generates approximately $1.2 million for the purpose of enriching the County.  The office offers community grants, public arts programming, workshops and lectures and oversees the operation of the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum.

To register for the workshop, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 106 or email