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Arts On The Square Set For July 30

Lackawanna County Courthouse Square will once again be transformed into an arts and entertainment hub with music, crafts, painting and more at the fourth annual “Arts on the Square” on Saturday, July 30, from Noon – 8 p.m.

The free event is being sponsored by Lackawanna County, ScrantonMade, The City of Scranton, Backyard Ale House, Electric City, King Outdoor and WVIA.  The annual galleria has grown into a premier regional arts festival, featuring unique handmade items by local artists and artisan vendors, while also offering a wealth of free arts activities for all ages in the beautiful green space in the heart of downtown Scranton.

This year’s event features over 130 vendors and two stages on Linden Street and Spruce Street with live local music brought to you by NEPA Scene and Summersteps Records.  Dance will also be featured by Scranton Civic Ballet along with comedy by Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy Club.

The Scranton Cultural Center, Lackawanna County Library System and Everhart Museum will present a creative participatory activity with a fairytale twist that corresponds to the Everhart’s current exhibit:  Wolves, Magic Mirrors & Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales.  Everyone will get the opportunity to meet fairytale characters, play fun theater games, participate in hands-on projects, and explore an exhibit of fairytale-inspired artwork.

There will be two outdoor galleries curated by the AFA Gallery and Michael Lloyd, as well as several interactive art installations that the public can participate in sponsored by DXDempsey, Wayne Bank, Crow Design, The Bhakti Collective, Hexagon Project, Artworks, and Mandalas by Ariell.  The NEPA Yarn Bombers will decorate the square along with other local artists providing various installations.

This year’s event will celebrate the food culture in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  There will be a Pop Up Restaurant area on the N. Washington Avenue side of Courthouse Square with several local restaurants participating, including Electric City Roasting, Terra Preta and Harvest.  Seating will be available on the lawn. On Spruce Street in the Piazza Dell’Arte, attendees can shop at a farmers market featuring Purple Pepper Farms  and Burkes Maple among others.  On Linden Street, The Backyard Alehouse will have a front outdoor seating area for the day, with service available from its restaurant.  Patrons can eat a great meal, while listening to live music on the Linden Street stage.

The entertainment schedule for the event follows:

Linden Street Stage Schedule

Noon -1 p.m.                     The Dishonest Fiddlers

1 p.m.                                   National Dance Flash Mob

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.                 Hickory Project

2:30 p.m.                             Scranton Civic Ballet

3 – 4 p.m.                             Grupo Zona

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                 Bog Swing Group

6 – 7 p.m.                             Jung Bergo

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.                 Nasstronaut

Spruce Street Stage Schedule

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.               Das Black Milk

1:40 – 1:50 p.m.                 Comedian John Walton

2 – 3 p.m.                             Science Queen

3:10 – 3:20 p.m.                 Comedian Kevin Lepka

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                Spur

4:40 – 4:50 p.m.                 Comedian John Walton

5 – 6 p.m.                            Pity Party

6:10-6:20 p.m.                   Comedian Mike Stankiewicz

6:30-7:30 p.m.                   Esta Coda

The Everhart, Scranton Cultural Center and Lackawanna County Library System Fairy Tale Activities Schedule

Everhart Museum Exhibit- ALL DAY

Noon – 12:30 p.m.                            Library art activity

12:30 – 1 p.m.                                     Scranton Cultural Center interactive theatre

1 – 1:30 p.m.                                       Library art activity

1 – 2 p.m.                                             Library visiting characters and storytelling

2 – 2:30 p.m.                                       Library art activity

2:30 – 3 p.m.                                       Scranton Cultural Center interactive theatre

3 -3:30 p.m.                                        Library art activity

The downtown garages will be offering a $5 rate for parking.

For more information about Arts on the Square contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org or 570.963.6590, ext. 102.

County & Scranton Area Community Foundation Explore Link Between Art and the Economy

A program designed to explore how art impacts a community’s overall economic vitality will be held on Thursday, July 21, 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 second of three, all aimed at exploring the impact the arts have on various segments of our society and its operating environment.

The initial session, entitled Art for Social Change: A Focus on Health & Wellness, was formulated to examine how art and cultural activities can be interjected to help various challenges facing children, youth, veterans, families and other societal sectors.

“Art and culture make a region more vibrant and provide a high quality of life. Scranton and Lackawanna County are witnessing quite a renaissance in the arts & culture sector, which stimulates the economy and creates economic development opportunities,” explained Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director for Arts & Culture.

“As a Foundation, one of our major goals is always to inspire collaboration and this forum series will do just that.  Art and culture play an important role in economic development, and this session will explore how we can increase the connection between art and the economy, which could have widespread community benefit,” explained Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President & CEO.

The Foundation and the  Arts & Culture Department decided to organize the 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 Art and the Environment, will be held on and August 18.

For more information, please contact Ms. McGuigan at 570.963.6590, ext. 102 or mcguiganm@lackawannacounty.org.