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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 www.lackawannacounty.org. 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 arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.

Lackawanna County Finalizes “Art In The Park” Activities

Lackawanna County’s Commissioners and “Art in the Park” committee members finalize the lineup of free Summer art activities for children ages 5-12 at the County’s parks.  Complimentary food, snacks and water will be available, and no registration is required.  The programs will run from 10 AM to noon on: July 8 at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Carbondale; July 15 at Covington Park, Covington Township; July 22 at Aylesworth Park, Archbald; and July 29 at McDade Park, Scranton.

From left, Christopher Calvey, Program Coordinator in the County’s Arts & Culture Department; Laurie Mecca, committee member; Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of the County’s Arts & Culture Department; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Scranton Cultural Center Receives $60,000 Matching Grant From Lackawanna County

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has been awarded a $60,000 Special Projects Matching Capital Arts and Culture Grant from Lackawanna County for improvements to various areas in the building to accommodate the new Creative and Performing Arts Academy, a year-long multi-disciplinary arts program, announced the Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley.

To qualify for this funding, the Cultural Center had to raise a match of $60,000 for a total of $120,000 for the renovations.

The Commissioners strongly believe that this project “represents a much needed upgrade for the landmark structure,” which was inaugurated in January 1930.  The new space will be a tremendous enhancement for all types of performing arts.

This project is in line with the Masonic Fraternity’s desire to preserve the physical structure of the center and to serve as an “ongoing programming source for the community.”

It truly has accomplished its mission with the numerous Broadway plays, famous stars and musical greats that have grace its stage, dressing rooms and hallways since it opened over 80 years ago.  Renowned architect Raymond Hood truly designed a crown jewel for our community, which has undergone several renovations to keep pace with the arts sector.

When this project is totally completed, the new space will provide for a capacity of up to 120 students from greater Scranton, Lackawanna County and outside the area to participate in activities encompassing the following — movement, theater, dance, art and music.

The new “space” will be used for the following programs:

  • Creative and Performing Arts Academy Camp: This camp is broken into two divisions — “Little Dragon Playhouse and “SummerStage.”  The “Little Dragon Playhouse” is an all-day camp for children ages three through fourth grade. This one to two week camp opportunity is the perfect fit for those who want to explore a variety of activities and participate in a weekly theatre and musical performance. The “SummerStage” performance camps are for young performers going into fifth grade through twelfth grade. These camps include two different productions, two trips to a Broadway show, and a week dedicated to the art of clowning and comedy.
  • Creative and Performing Arts Academy After-School and Evening Programming: This initiative includes classes in theater – acting techniques, improvisation, character analysis and scene  study – and playwriting. Programming will also include classes in dance – movement for actors; Broadway styles (jazz, tap, modern, and ballet); and contemporary styles (modern, hip-hop, and body percussion). It will also involve private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. A choral program will be offered featuring children’s choirs (pre-K through fourth grade), chamber choir (grades five through twelve), and show-choir (all ages).

The new space will also be used for production rehearsals for plays and musicals, choreography, a wide-variety of workshops, master classes, guest artist programs, and community days.