ARTS Engage Funding Guidelines Released

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

According to Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, the 2013-14 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 helps to develop positive social skills.  It is open to all elementary, middle school and high school aged children.                

Designed as a true community partnership, the successful community organization, civic group and/or art agency must work 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 Tuesday, April 2, 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 April 19.

April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s represents the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, affecting over one million people. Allied Services and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Parkinson’s Foundation are the area’s leading organizations in fighting the disease and providing valuable services to patients, families and caregivers in our region. To raise awareness, the Lackawanna County Commissioners designated April as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month” in our community. Seated.

l-r, Atty. William Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Atty. Joseph Coviello, President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Parkinson’s Foundation; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. Standing l-r, Michael Avvisato, Allied Services’ Chief Financial Officer; and Don and Mari Dempsey-Hart, Co-chairs of Allied Services’ “Pledge For Parkinson’s” reception.