Festival Of Trees Exhibit Moves To The Mall At Steamtown

The annual Festival of Trees exhibit and Toys for Tots fundraiser, held in the past at the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum, will be moving to The Mall at Steamtown.

Opening night is Friday, December 4, as part of the Lackawanna County sponsored ScrantonMade Holiday Market Place, which was formerly held on Courthouse Square.  The activities will be located in the former Bon Ton space in the mall.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking organizations, businesses and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees go directly to Toys for Tots.  Participants must supply their own artificial tree.

The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).  Checks or money orders, made payable to Toys for Tots, should be mailed to Michele Newberry, Community Relations Coordinator, The Lackawanna County Commissioners Office, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the City of Scranton, the exhibit theme for this year is “Scranton Through the Decades…”

The registration deadline is Friday, December 1. Please contact The Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 016, or email with any questions.

Arts & Culture Projects Informational Session

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department will host a free informational session pertaining to the 2016 Arts and Culture Community Project Grants process on Monday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Electric City Trolley Museum located on the property of Steamtown National Historic Site at 300 Cliff Street, Scranton.

Non-profit organizations and individuals may apply for up to $3,000 for a project that benefits the community.  The grants will be awarded in January.

Applications are due Friday, October 9.  An application can be downloaded from the Lackawanna County website

To register for the session, contact the Arts & Culture Department by email at or by telephone at 570.963.6590, ext. 106.

Eric Booth Featured Speaker At The September 25 Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast

Eric Booth, a renowned actor, author and educator, will be the featured speaker at this year’s “Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast” scheduled for Friday, September 25, in The Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic.

The seventh annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, brings national speakers on community arts topics to our area.   Breakfast and registration begin at   8:30 AM with the program running from 9 AM – 11 AM.

The breakfast serves as a creative networking event that focuses on educating, motivating and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses and agencies to enhance the quality of life in the communities that comprise Lackawanna County.

It showcases also the artistic talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The tables at the event will be decorated by local artists and organizations.

The program will open with a short performance by the Scranton Fringe Festival, a new three- day event under the direction of Conor O’Brien to be held throughout Scranton October 1-4.

Mr. Booth, will be speaking on “Under the Radar: The Future of Arts, Arts Education and Culture. He will focus on new trends concerning the arts and culture sector, such as the unique power of arts and culture to change communities.

As an actor, Eric Booth performed in many plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the U.S.  As an author, he has had five books published.  He is the founding editor of the quarterly Teaching Artist Journal.

He has been on the faculty of Juilliard and has taught at Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood, The Kennedy Center and The Lincoln Center Institute.  Mr. Booth has taught at every level – kindergarten through graduate school.  He has given workshops at over 30 universities and conservatories and 60 cultural institutions.

The guest speaker has designed and led over twenty research projects and seven online courses and workshops. He serves as a consultant to many associations, cities, states and businesses around the country, including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras, five national service organizations, and Carnegie Hall.

The “Wake up with the Arts Breakfast” is free and open to the public.  Interested parties can register by emailing or calling 570.963.6590, ext. 106.