Lackawanna County Seeks Artists For “Art In The Park” Program

Do you like working with children? Do you like to have fun? Are you creative? Can you let your imagination run wild to produce interactive activities that will captivate children and keep them busy?

If you answered “yes” to those questions, then you would make a perfect “Art In The Park” artist/instructor.

The Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department is seeking visual and performing artists to work with youth ages 5-12 for it Summer program.

According to Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley, the schedule for this year’s four-week “Art In The Park” programs is as follows:  Tuesday, July 8, at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Greenfield Township; Tuesday, July 15, at Covington Park, Covington Township; Tuesday, July 22, at Aylesworth Park, Jermyn; and Tuesday, July 29, at McDade Park, Scranton.

The free arts activities should be hands-on, fun and interactive.  Performing arts can make use of the parks’ grassy knolls, general grounds and tent areas.  Individuals offering visual arts’ activities will have a picnic table to utilize and are responsible for providing their own supplies.

The programs generally attract approximately 100 – 125 children at each site, with the average age being eight.

If an artist has worked the program previously and offered the same activity for two years in a row, the committee asks that something new be offered.

Artists are paid $200 per day for their services.

Interested individuals should submit an application form, program proposal and a brief biography/resume by Friday, April 25.  Application forms can be found on the Arts & Culture page on the County’s website at or by emailing

Proposals should be submitted in a PDF format and either mailed to Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503 or emailed to

ARTS Engage Funding Guidelines Released

Area organizations can apply to the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department for up to $50,000 in funding for year round youth arts programs.

According to Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, the 2014-15 ARTS Engage RFQ has been released and is posted on the County’s website at

The ARTS Engage program is designed to involve at risk youth in a variety of activities that will strengthen their self esteem, enable the children to express themselves through a number of mediums, and showcase their talents.  The program, open to all elementary, middle school and high school aged children, helps to develop positive social skills.

Designed as a true community partnership, the successful organization, civic group and/or art agency must involve a school in offering the activities.

The organizations involved in ARTS Engage would be working with both the County’s Office of Family & Youth Services and the Arts & Culture Department.  The programs can be coordinated in Scranton and/or Carbondale.

An information session on the ARTS Engage RFQ will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 9 AM at The Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503.  Interested individual can register for the meeting by contacting the Arts & Culture Department at 570-963-6590, Ext. 106, or emailing

Proposals are due on March 21.


Lackawanna County Municipal Arts & Culture Grants Available

Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley announced that grants for arts and cultural projects and programs in all municipalities are available until the end of this December.

The $500 grants can be used for arts, music, volunteer firemen activities, concerts or community-based projects. Local artists are encouraged to speak to their respective municipal leaders about potential projects that need to be done in their communities.

Municipalities can collaborate on a venture and pool their resources to complete a large-scale project that will cover a wider area and serve more citizens. Under this arrangement, one municipality must serve as the lead agency to accept the funding. A letter, signed by the other municipalities, must be submitted confirming the joint arrangement.

The application letter must contain the following information:

  • The people who will benefit from the project
  • The other individuals or groups that will work with the municipality (if any)
  • A project description
  • A timeline
  • The municipality/community where it will take place
  • Project management and administration
  • How will the project be promoted
  • The impact of the event/project on the community

The letter must also include a contact person’s name, title, telephone number and email address. Application letters should be submitted at least thirty days before the start of the project. All activities or programs must be completed by December 31of this year.

Grant funds cannot be used to cover fund raising events, religious activities, art therapy projects, equipment or food purchases.

The grant letter should be sent to: Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, The Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503. Copy may also be emailed to or faxed to 570-963-6447.