County & Scranton Area Community Foundation Explore Link Between Art & The Environment

A program designed to explore how art can help solve environmental issues that Northeastern Pennsylvania faces will be held on Thursday, August 18, 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 third of four aimed at exploring the impact the arts have on various segments of our society and its operating environment.

This session, entitled Art for Social Change: Art and the Environment, was formulated to examine how art and cultural activities can help to not only educate the public on environmental issues but help solve them, create a better quality of life, and engender a sense of pride in our region and its natural resources.

“From public art to recycled materials being made into art work, through exploring environmental issues through theater and performance there is a wide range of creative ways that the arts can be utilized to tackle some of our most pressing community issues,” explained Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director for Arts & Culture.

The Foundation and the Arts & Culture Department decided to organize 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 Transportation, is scheduled for October.

For more information, please contact Ms. McGuigan at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or

Matt Kravitz Honored For State Championship

Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, inside right, presents a certificate of recognition to Matt Kravitz in recognition of his PIAA track & field championship. Mr. Kravitz won the gold medal in the Class 3A 3200M race.

L-r, Dan Powell, North Pocono School District’s Assistant Superintendent; Mr. Kravitz, Commissioner O’Malley, and Brian McGraw, North Pocono School District’s Superintendent.