County & Scranton Area Community Foundation Explore Link Between Art & The Environment

A program designed to explore how art can help solve environmental issues that Northeastern Pennsylvania faces will be held on Thursday, August 18, from 9 AM – Noon at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton.

This forum is being jointly presented by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department and the Scranton Area Community Foundation.  This seminar is the third of four aimed at exploring the impact the arts have on various segments of our society and its operating environment.

This session, entitled Art for Social Change: Art and the Environment, was formulated to examine how art and cultural activities can help to not only educate the public on environmental issues but help solve them, create a better quality of life, and engender a sense of pride in our region and its natural resources.

“From public art to recycled materials being made into art work, through exploring environmental issues through theater and performance there is a wide range of creative ways that the arts can be utilized to tackle some of our most pressing community issues,” explained Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director for Arts & Culture.

The Foundation and the Arts & Culture Department decided to organize roundtable discussions with the intent of bringing together government agencies and foundation leaders along with the business community, nonprofits, educators and civic leaders to foster an understanding of how cultural and creative expression has the means to create deep, lasting and measurable community-wide social change.  The goal of the series is to generate new ideas, bring about new actions, and inspire the participants to create visions for growth.

The roundtable discussions are by invitation only and are limited to the first 35 respondents. 

The last forum, which will focus on Transportation, is scheduled for October.

For more information, please contact Ms. McGuigan at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or

Art & Technology

A panel of distinguished speakers from a variety of disciplines will examine the impact that technology has on the arts at the Afternoon With The Arts panel discussion.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will present an Afternoon With The Arts: Art & Technology on Saturday, August 20, in Shopland Hall on the fourth floor of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420. N. Washington Avenue, from 1 PM – 3 PM.  The program will be held from 1 PM – 2 PM and be followed by a reception. Both activities are free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will be moderated by arts therapist Erin Joyce and feature Cole Hastings, an artist working with 3D Printing; Christine Medley, owner of Crow Designs; Box of Light Studios, an educational organization that teaches technology and creativity to children and adults; and Jason Smeltzer, a Theremin player.  The Theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by utilizing electromagnetic waves.

The group’s discussion will center on the opportunities and challenges that changing technology brings to the arts and society. The audience is encouraged to bring their own thoughts and questions regarding the topic to be part of the dialogue.

 Afternoon With The Arts is modeled after the successful Wake Up With The Arts program, an annual breakfast, now in its eighth year, that 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 panel discussion, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or email