Lackawanna County Call for 2016 Art in the Park Artists

Lackawanna County is seeking visual and performing artists who enjoy working with children ages 4-12 to be a part of our Art in the Park program this Summer.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 5

Merli-Sarnoski Park, Greenfield Township

10 a.m. – Noon

Tuesday, July 12

Covington Park, Covington Township

10 a.m. – Noon

Tuesday, July 19

McDade Park, Scranton

10 a.m. – Noon

Tuesday, July 26

Aylesworth Park, Jermyn

10 a.m. – Noon

The program takes place outside under a pavilion and/or tent. Each visual artist will have his/her own picnic table. Performing artists can stroll or station themselves in the grassy areas. The activities that work best are “come-and-go” immediate hands-on interactive activities that are fun and interesting.

Children’s ages range from 4 – 12 with the average age being eight. The children do not register ahead of time, but on average approximately 125-150 children are at each park. Artists are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance and tables are at a first come, first served basis.

If you have worked at Art in the Park in the past and have done the same activity two years in a row, the Arts & Culture Department asks that a new activity prepared/offered.

The rate of pay is $175 per day for Performing Artists and $200 per day for Visual Artists/Table Artists (who must purchase his/her own supplies).

Proposals are reviewed by the Art in the Park committee. Selected individuals will receive a letter with instructions and a call from an Art in the Park Committee member by late May.

Applications for the Art in the Park are on the County’s web site at

Please direct any questions to or call 570-963-6590, ext. 106.

2016 Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Recipients Announced

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings announced the 2016 arts & culture organizations and individuals who have received grant support for their various community projects, events and activities.

Financial assistance was awarded in two forms: program stream grants and community project grants.

The program stream grants are larger awards to arts and cultural non-profits who receive a yearly allocation from the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department. Their operations are reviewed every other year to gauge need, their projects and general growth.

Community project grants are one-time disbursements for a specific activity administered by an organization or individual.  Applicants may reapply every October for this form of funding.

The applications for both revenue streams are reviewed and scored by a panel to help determine if the programs, projects or activities should be funded. Both grant programs are modeled after the process that The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts utilizes.

The financial resources for the grants come from the Arts, Education & Culture tax, which is assessed annually at a rate of approximately 1.0 mill.

Also at the January 27 awards ceremony, the County’s Arts and Culture Department and the Pocono Arts Council will be recognizing the Pennsylvania Arts Council’s “Partners in the Arts” Project Stream Award recipients from our region.

The amount awarded for 32 program grants this year was $211,700. The total for 23 project grants was $50,113.

Local anchor institutions – The Scranton Public Library, The Everhart Museum and The Scranton Cultural Center – received their annual education/arts & culture allocation of $240,000 each.

The 2016 program stream grant recipients are: Abington Business & Professional Association (Ice Festival) – $4,000; Actor’s Circle – $7,000; Anthracite Heritage Museum & Iron Furnaces – $7,000; Arcadia Chorale – $3,000; Artists for Art Gallery – $6,000; Ballet Theatre of Scranton – $7,000; Boys and Girls Club of NEPA – $5,000; and Broadway Theatre League – $15,000.

Also, Catholic Choral Society – $3,000; Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $3,500;

City of Carbondale – Pioneer Heritage Festival – $4,000; Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $1,200; Electric City Television – $25,000; First Friday Scranton – $5,000; La Festa Italiana – $7,000; and Lackawanna All County High School Band – $1,000.

Also, Lackawanna Historical Society – $20,000; Lackawanna River Corridor Association River  Fest – $2,500; Lackawanna Heritage Valley-Heritage Explorer & Santa Train – $1,000; Lyric Consort – $3,000; Mostly Opera – $1,500; N.E.I.U. #19 – Poetry Out Loud Program – $1,000; North Pocono Cultural Society – $2,500; and Scranton Civic Ballet – $7,000.

Also, Scranton Jazz Festival – $6,000; Scranton Music Association  – $3,000; Scranton Public Theatre – $3,500; Scranton Shakespeare Festival – $6,000; St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association – $6,000; St. Ubaldo Festival – $6,000; The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic – $16,000; and United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA (Project Hope & Shutter Bug Photography Program) – $23,000.

The individuals and organizations receiving 2016 community project grants are: Margo    Azzarelli – $1,500; Jeffrey Boam – $2,550; Lisa A. Cassella – $2,550; Covenant Public Concerts – $2,550; Lucia Daily – $2,550; and Shirley Eagen – $1,500.

Also, Tim Farrell – $2,550; First Presbyterian Church – $2,125; Friends of the Arc Auxiliary – $3,000; Ghostlight Theatre Productions – $3,000; K.K. Gordon – $1,071; and Rosemary Hay – $2,120.

Also, Camp Create – $2,100; Pop Up Studio – $1,500; Ringgold Pops of Scranton – $1,800; Scranton Fringe Festival – $2,700; Ihor Shablovsky – $2,550; and Doug Smith – $2,100.

Also, Voluntary Action Center of NEPA – $1,785; Wally Gordon Community Singers – $1, 012; Waverly Community House – $3,000; Michelle Wheeler – $1,500; and West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch – $3,000.

Holiday Market Place & Festival Of Trees Move To The Mall At Steamtown

The Holidays are upon us and the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and ScrantonMade, an event planning and public relations firm for artists and artisans, are celebrating it in style.

The Holiday Market Place, now in its third year, is partnering with The Mall at Steamtown. The event, originally called Holiday on the Square, was an outdoor marketplace on Courthouse Square that was based on the European-style outdoor winter markets. It was re-imagined as an indoor event in the former Bon Ton space at The Mall at Steamtown, and it will be held on Friday, December 4, from 5 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. On Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m., ScrantonMade Goody Bags will be given to the first 200 shoppers. The line for the Goody Bags will start on Lackawanna Avenue.

The ScrantonMade team transformed the former Bon Ton Department Store space utilizing six artists to paint murals and create large scale decorations. Additionally, ScrantonMade also reached-out to local businesses and organizations to sponsor the decorating of empty storefront windows in the Mall. The NEPA Yarn Bombers have also sponsored a yarn bombing installation in the mall. They will be taking donations at their Holiday Market Place table for knitted or crocheted items such as scarves and hats to donate to local charities. The

The Holiday Market Place will feature 100 vendors selling items ranging from artisanal soaps, candles, furniture, painting, ornaments, plants, jewelry and more. Local farm to table restaurant, Terra Preta, will feature a pop-up bistro with a bar at the Market Place.

The event’s full schedule of local music follows:


Friday, December 4

5 -6 p.m.              ScranPan

6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Indigo Moon Brass Band

7:30 -8:30 p.m.  Rachel Lucille Woodworth

8:45 – 9:45 p.m. Kennedy Creek Strummers


Saturday, December 5

11 a.m. – Noon    Skip Monday

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Mark Woodyatt

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.    Hickory Project Trio

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.    Mike Dougherty

4 -5 p.m.                 Stove and Patterson

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.    Kearney Boys

6 – 8 p.m.                Bog Yard Chug Band


The long-time Festival of Trees exhibit and fundraiser for Toys for Tots, sponsored by the County and held at the Trolley Museum, is also moving to the mall next to the Holiday Market Place in the former junior Bon Ton.

The exhibit features trees decorated by local organizations and businesses and will be up for the month of December during mall hours. The exhibit kicks-off with a pre-view party fundraiser for Toys for Toys with food by Harvest Catering and music by Mollie Edsell.

Admission for the reception is $10 with a cash bar. During the holiday season, the trees exhibit is open to the public free-of-charge.

For more information on the Holiday Market Place visit For more information on Festival of Trees please contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at (570) 963-6590.