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2013 Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Recipients Announced

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley announced the 2013 arts & culture organizations and individuals who have received grant support for their various community projects, events and activities.                

Financial assistance was awarded in two forms:  program grants and project grants.               

The program grants are larger awards to arts and cultural non-profits who receive a yearly allocation from the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department.  Their operations are reviewed every other year to gauge need, their projects and general growth.               

Project grant are one-time disbursements for a specific activity for an organization or individual.  Applicants may reapply each year in October for this type of funding.               

Both streams of funding are reviewed and scored by panels to help determine if the programs, projects or activities should be funded. Both grant programs are modeled after the process that The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts uses.                

The financial resources for the grants come from the Education & Culture fee, which is assessed annually at a rate of approximately 1.0 mill.                

The amount awarded for 32 program grants this year was $ 199,200.  The total for 26 project grants was $42,723.                

Local anchor institutions – The Scranton Public Library, The Everhart Museum and The Scranton Cultural Center – also received their annual education/arts & culture allocation.                

The 2013 program grant recipients are: Artists for Art Gallery – $6,000; American Federation of Musicians Local #120 – $3,000; Ballet Theatre of Scranton – $7,000; Catholic Choral Society – $3,000; Choral Society of NE PA – $3,000; Classical Guitar Society of NE PA – $1,700; First Night Scranton – $2,500; and Lackawanna County Historical Society – $15,000.

Also, Lyric Consort – $3,000; Mostly Opera – $1,500; Robert Dale Chorale – $3,000; Scranton Civic Ballet – $3,000; Actors Circle – $7,000; Arts on Fire Festival – $7,000; Boys and Girls Club of NE PA – $5,000; and Broadway Theatre League – $15,000.               

Also, Clarks Summit Ice Festival – $3,000; Electric City Television – $25,000; First Friday – $5,000; Lackawanna County All County Band – $1,000; LaFesta – $6,000; Lackawanna Heritage Valley Heritage Explorer & Santa Train – $1,000; Motown Show- RTJP Events – $3,000; and The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic – $15,000.               

Pioneer Heritage Festival – City of Carbondale – $4,000; Poetry Out Loud program run by   N.E.I.U – $1,000; United Neighborhood Centers for Project Hope and the Shutterbug Photography Program – $23,000; Riverfest – $2,500; Saint Ubaldo Society – $3,000; Scranton Jazz Festival – $10,000; Scranton Public Theatre – $7,000; and Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Association of Lackawanna County – $5,000.                

The individuals and organizations receiving project grants are: Arts at First Presbyterian $1,725; Covenant Presbyterian Concerts – $1,500; Julie Esty – $1, 650; Geri Featherby – $1,150; Gaslight Theater Company – $1, 400; Ghostlight Theatre Company – $2,250; and James Gray – $1, 950.

Also, Rosemary Hay – Scranton Shakespeare Festival – $1, 650; Hope Horn Gallery – $1, 950; Matthew Mang and The Great Party – $1,500; Claire Marcus – $1,100; Pamela Hill McNichols – Scranton    StorySlam – $2, 100; Matthew Mindrup – $1,000; and Nikki Moser – $1, 743.

Also, North Pocono Cultural Society – $2, 100; Dipti Pancholy – $2, 250; Al Pierce – $1, 486; Scranton Celtic Festival – $1, 800; Karen Slatcha – $1, 650; Julian Sparacino – $1,500; and Kevin Treat –  $1, 430.  

Also, Sally Weiner-Grotta – $1, 620; Valerie Kiser – Pop Up Studio – “The Pop Up Studio – $2,069;               

Jessica Meoni, “Scranton Zine Fest” – $1,000; Doug Smith – $1,650; and Delores Hippler – “The Faces and Voices of the Blues” – $1,500.