Arts & Culture’s Great Downtown Cigarette Clean-Up

They are everywhere.  No matter where you walk, jog, bike or drive, you see them.  It’s like an invasion of…cigarette butts.

To help combat this issue, the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will sponsor “No One Wants to See Your Butts: The Great Downtown Cigarette Clean-Up” on Saturday,    May 2, from 9 AM – noon.  Joining forces with Scranton Tomorrow, the event is part of The Great American Clean-Up of Pennsylvania, a statewide initiative sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection that runs from March 1 – May 31.

The goal of the program is for volunteers to collect as many cigarette butts as possible and create a giant pile on the Linden Street side of Courthouse Square to highlight the visual impact of how destructive cigarette butt litter is to the community.

The event is free and open to the public. Individuals or teams may register on line at  or on site the day of the event at the tent on the Linden Street side of Courthouse Square.

Gloves and trash bags will be available, and participants may bring their own brooms and dustpans. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

The event will also feature recycled art activities and music by Lightweight Trio. The individual or team that collects the most butts will win a $50 gift certificate to Posh restaurant, Scranton.

The clean-up idea was developed from ACE council meetings with local businesses and organizations who expressed a desire to generate community pride and to maintain Scranton as a safe, clean and green city.  Cigarette butts have been an on-going nuisance and are a hazard to the environment.

For more information on the clean-up, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or by email at

Protecting Intellectual Property Workshop Scheduled For April 29

The creative ideas, music, literature or other materials an artist or organization formulates in thought or design are very valuable and need to be protected because they just might lead to the next best seller, great innovation or world renowned performance.

Valuable information on safeguarding one’s work, concepts or discoveries will be offered at “Protecting Your Big Idea – An Intellectual Property Workshop For Artists” on Wednesday, April 29, from 5:30 Pm to 7 PM at the Electric Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, on the grounds of the Steamtown National Historic Site by the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture & Education (ACE) Council.

This free seminar is geared towards artists and organizations of all disciplines and will cover the basics of intellectual property as they relate to inventions, artistic works, inventions, design, words and a host of other items.

According to Maureen McGuigan, deputy director of the County’s Arts & Culture Department, the ideas for this program came from attendees who participated in other ACE programs.

The workshop will feature Atty. Damian Biondo from the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), which is an arm of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.  His talk will include an overview of legal elements and data on intellectual property for the arts.  A panel discussion, featuring Thomas Geroulo, Entertainment Attorney; Christine Medley, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Marywood University and a local artist; and Rich Larsen, Theater Professor at the University of Scranton and a lighting designer, will follow the presentation.

The PVLA was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit legal services organization that provides pro-bono and low cost legal assistance, educational programs and business counseling to artists and arts and cultural organizations. In March 2008, the organization joined forces with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

To register for the program, contact the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department at 570.963.6590, Ext. 106, or send an email to

Non-Profit Fund Raising & Volunteer Management Focus Of Workshop

The latest fund raising techniques and methods for managing volunteers will be the topics for the first Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department and Arts, Culture and Education Council workshop on March 19.

Tonyehn Verkitus, Senior Vice President of Non-Profit Engagement for GiveGab, a social media site, will present “At the click of a Button: New Tools for Crowdgiving for Fund Raising and Volunteer Engagement by GiveGab” on Thursday, March 19, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Entrepreneurial Launch Pad, 507 Linden Street, Scranton.

Ms. Verkitus will be presenting on how local non-profits can benefit from GiveGab’s latest fund raising tools by managing key fundraising activities in addition to organizing volunteers.

The GiveGab site started in Lackawanna County and now has a national and international presence.  It connects donors and volunteers with organizations that match their interested and offers tools that allows organizations to manage volunteers and donations.  Information on the company can be found at

The workshop is free of charge.  Participants may register by either calling the Arts and Culture Department Program Coordinator at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or emailing