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COUNTY CULTURAL ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS


Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art
1901 Mulberry St.
Scranton, PA 18510
570.346.7186

This 100 year old institution features a range of visual artworks, historic and contemporary, as well as exhibitions on loan from other prominent institutions.
http://www.everhart-museum.org/


Lackawanna County Library System
520 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
570.348.3003
www.lclshome.org

Consists of ten libraries throughout the County, including a Children’s Library and bookmobile. In addition to offering patrons traditional services such as book and DVD loan, the library system offers a wide variety of cultural programming. Programming includes lectures, performances, film series, activities for children, exhibits and workshops.


Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
420 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
570.346.7369
http://www.scrantonculturalcenter.org/

80 year old architectural treasure designed by Raymond Hood, prominent architect of the 1920’s and early 1930’s. The SCC provides the community with a variety of arts and cultural programming all year long including concerts, theatre, lectures, and workshops. It is also utilized for weddings and special events for any occasion


ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS BY DISCIPLINE


DANCE

Ballet Theatre of Scranton
310 Penn Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
570.961.0815
www.balletheatre.com

Since 1958, the school and company have been an important part of the Scranton and Northeastern Pennsylvania cultural community. Students perform, and showcase their accomplishments in annual school performances and full-length professionally mounted ballets, various festivals/concerts and performing arts series throughout the year.


The Red Shoes Dance Company
570.341.5825 or redshoes@hotmail.com
Company does not currently have a website. Please call or e-mail for information.

Company specializing in f olkloric character dancing and Russian ballet . Classes and performances offered at various venues and festivals in northeastern, PA.


Scranton Civic Ballet
234 Mifflin Ave
Scranton PA 18503
570-343-0115
www.scrantoncivicballet.com

Scranton Civic Ballet Company afford s students the opportunities to study the art of classical ballet, as well as offers classes in modern and contemporary dance. Scranton Civic Ballet Company has performed regionally and nationally and also has presented performances featuring professionals dancers for Scranton audiences.


FILM AND TELEVISION

Community Film Project (CFP)
jeff@communityfilmproject.org
www.communityfilmproject.org

CFP is an independent film organization that facilitates the production and promotion of local film projects. CFP holds casting calls and hosts film screenings at various venues throughout NEPA. Screening events conclude with an after party which serves as a great networking opportunity for local filmmakers, cast, and crew.


Electric City Television
114 Wyoming Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
570.558.3323
http://electriccitytv.org/

Cable Access Channel for the Scranton area offering a wide variety of programs including government, health, business and arts and culture shows. Channel accepts submissions of shows contact them for guidelines.


WVIA
100 WVIA Way
Pittston, PA 18640
570.826.6144
www.wvia.org

Public Television Station for Northeastern, PA serving 24 counties.


LITERATURE

Anthology Bookstore
515 Center Stree,
2nd Floor,
Scranton, PA 18503
570.341.1443
www.scranthology.com

Anthology New and Used Books , part of Outrageous Coffeehouse and Boutique, offers a mix of quality used books and new titles . The store also hosts literary readings, lectures and exhibits.


The Gathering
Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA
http://www.gathering.keystone.edu/

This four day creative writing and literary conference held in July at Keystone College in La Plume, PA features lectures workshops and public readings from regionally, nationally and internationally acclaimed authors.


Mulberry Poets and Writers Association (MPWA)
P.O. Box 468
Scranton, PA 18501
www.mpwa.net

Provides a forum for the creative and critical work of regional artists by sponsoring public readings and workshops; and to create opportunities for the community to hear nationally known poets and writers read their work.


MUSIC

Catholic Choral Society
http://catholicchoralsociety.org/

60 year old community choral group of 50 members performing regional concerts around northeastern, PA. New members are always welcome.


Choral Society of Northeastern, PA 
726 North Irving Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510
www.choralsociety.net

Bring s to the regional public 15-20-quality choral concerts per year, as well as regional television and radio broadcasts, recordings, and performance tours.  Both children’s and adult ensembles collaborate annually with the NE PA Philharmonic Orchestra, and the society regularly commissions new works from regionally- and nationally-recognized composers.


Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern, PA
3492 Fiddle Lake Road
Thompson, PA 18465
570.756.3347
http://www.cgsnepa.org/

The Society promotes interest in classical guitar through performances, lectures, master classes, workshops and networking events.


The Lyric Consort 
P.O. Box 501
Scranton, PA 18501
570.343.6707
www.lyricconsort.com

This eight-voice ensemble presents an annual concert series at both Wilkes-Barre and Scranton venues . The group is on the prestigious Penn Pat Roster of artists and maintains a mastery of Medieval and Renaissance , while also showcasing contemporary vocal works, and premiering new works from the region’s finest composers and arrangers


Mostly Opera
800 Penn Security Bank Building
142 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
570-346-3693
Currently does not have a website. Please call for information.

Mostly Opera is community based opera company. The ensemble presents two public performances a year in addition to private bookings and benefit performances. The organization also offers free lectures before the Cinemark HD live broadcasts of performances at the Metropolitan Opera.


Robert Dale Chorale
301 Tulip Circle
Clarks Summit PA 18411
570.586.3921
www.robertdalechorale.org

The Robert Dale Chorale, one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s premiere musical organizations, has served the region with choral performances of the highest quality for over 30 years. The Chorale has received critical acclaim for performances of works ranging from the Renaissance to the present, and is proud to be a part of two long-standing local traditions: the annual Messiah Sing-Along, and the annual NEPA Bach Festival. 


Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic
4101 Birney Ave.
Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507
570.341.1568
www.nepaphil.org

The only fully professional symphony in the region, the NEPA Philharmonic regularly performs in two facilities- the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple and the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre . The Philharmonic engages audiences through live symphonic performances and music education programs such open rehearsals and the annual Young People’s Concert.


Community Concerts at Lackawanna College
501 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
570.955.1455
www.lackawanna.edu

The series is entering its 82nd consecutive season, the oldest Community ConcertAssociation in the nation. Community Concerts at Lackawanna College focuses on presenting culturally significant programming and expanded educational outreach events. 


THEATRE

Actor’s Circle
Providence Playhouse
1256 Providence Road
Scranton, PA 18504
570.342.9707
www.actorscircle.org

Actors Circle provides quality live theatre to the general public, which includes comedies, dramas, mysteries, and musicals at reasonable prices. 2009 -2010 Actors Circle celebrates its 28th season.


Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern, PA
108 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA  18503
570.342.7784
www.broadwayscranton.com

The 50 year old organization offers residents of Northeastern, PA a chance to see professional Broadway productions by presenting a series of shows at the Scranton Cultural Center. They also offer a wide variety of community outreach programs including workshops and “behind the scenes” programs with visiting and local professional theatre artists.


Scranton Public Theatre
The Old Brick Theatre
128 West Market Street
Scranton, PA  (next door to Stirna’s Restaurant)
570.344.3656
http://www.scrantonpublictheatre.com/

30 year old theatre founded by Jason Miller now housed at The Old Bricke Theatre in North Scranton. Offers variety of productions including traditional dramas and new work as part of the Jason Miller Playwrights Project initiative.


The 411 Studio and New American Vic Theatre
411 Lackawanna Ave.
Olyphant, PA 18447
570.489.7700
http://www.the411studio.com/

Theater space in the mid-valley producing original theater productions and also hosting literary readings and writing workshops.


The Vintage Theatre
119 Penn Avenue
Scranton PA, 18503
570.344.6344
www.scrantonsvintagetheater.com

The Vintage Theater is an all age’s art showcasing the numerous art including theater, music film and visual arts. They also house a café open from noon-midnight operated by Scranton Rhythm.


VISUAL ART

Artists for Art Gallery (Afa)
514 Lackawanna Ave
Scranton, PA 18503
570.969.1040
www.artistsforart.com

One of the earliest focal points for the arts and culture Renaissance in downtown Scranton Afa continues to be a leader in this sector hosting art exhibits, participating in First Friday, offering classes and other arts activities such as music and performance.


Artworks Gallery and Studio
503 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
570.207.1815
http://www.ArtWorksNEPA.com

The latest addition to the gallery district of downtown Scranton, ArtWorks offers a rotating calendar of gallery exhibits. Featuring a creative outlet and learning space for artists and students, ArtWorks offers classes in a wide variety of artistic styles and mediums, with the guiding principle of full inclusion of persons with disabilities into the larger arts community.


First Friday Scranton
www.firstfridayscranton.com

First Friday art walks are held on the first Friday of every month at galleries and businesses around Downtown Scranton. Paintings, photography, sculpture, music, performance art…you never know what you’ll find at First Friday in Scranton. Support local artists and mingle with your Northeastern Pennsylvania neighbors, all in a casual atmosphere. Join us for First Friday!


FESTIVALS AND PARADES

First Night Scranton – January

This New Year’s Eve non-alcoholic event in downtown Scranton presents music, entertainers and fireworks for all ages.

http://www.scrantonfirstnight.com/


Clarks Summit Festival of Ice – President’s Weekend – February

Annual festival courtesy of the Abington Business & Professional Association with free admission & free parking featuring live ice carvings, parade, entertainment, and much more!!!

http://www.theabingtons.org/CSFestivalOfIce/


St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March
Traditionally held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, this parade is the second largest in the county and boasts 10,000 participants including bagpipers, floats, bands, dancers and community groups.

http://www.stpatparade.com/about.php


St. Ubaldo Festival – May

This event in Jessup, PA recreates the traditional running of the Saints tradition in Gubbio, Italy. Features the race and annual community fair.

http://www.stubaldoday.com/


Heritage Explorer Train to Archbald – June

A special train excursion brings families to the annual summer festival in Archbald.

http://www.LHVA.org/


Heritage Explorer Train to Carbondale – August

Families take a train ride to the popular Pioneer Days festival in Carbondale to enjoy a parade, special children’s activities, and ethnic food.

http://www.LHVA.org/


Scranton Jazz Festival – August
Presented during the first full weekend of August, this festival brings downtown Scranton alive with more than 100 jazz/blues and world beat musicians, artisans for three days of non stop entertainment

www.scrantonjazzfestival.org


Pioneer Nights – August

Three day block party in Carbondale celebrating the region’s heritage. Festival features, music, heritage programs, food and a parade.

http://www.carbondale-pa-coc.com/pn2.htm


La Festa Italiana – September

Started in 1975, this end of summer festival on Courthouse Square brings thousands to downtown Scranton to celebrate Italian Heritage with food, cultural activities and music.

http://www.lafestaitaliana.org/


Pages and Places Book Festival – October

Occurring annually on the first Saturday of October, Pages & Places is downtown Scranton’s celebration of books and the city, boasting an integration of literature and architecture that distinguishes P&P from any other book festival in the country. The Festival brings writers of regional and national acclaim to participate in an array of panel discussionsand features a free Book Expo on Courthouse Square.www.pagesandplaces.org


Santa Parade – November

Parade in downtown Scranton sponsored by the Scranton Jaycees and features floats, marching bands, community organizations, and Santa Clause, followed by breakfast with Santa at the Hilton.

http://www.santaparade.net/


Christmas in a Small Town – December

Also known as the “Santa Train,” this annual program brings Santa and his friends to five communities on a special locomotive from Steam town National Historic Site. Each town welcomes Santa with family-friendly activities, treats, and live entertainment.

http://www.LHVA.org/


Festival of Trees-December

A month long exhibit of Holiday Trees decorated by local organizations at the Electric City Trolley Museum. Opening Reception features music and appetizers. Funds raised benefit Toys for Tots.

www.ectma.org


Historical Societies and Heritage Organizations


The Anthracite Heritage Museum
McDade Park
22 Bald Mountain Road
Scranton, PA 18504
570.963.4804
http://www.anthracitemuseum.org/  

T he Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with active community support from the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.  The exhibits and collections represent all facets of life and work of the region’s ethnic communities when coal was king. The Scranton Iron Furnaces are located at 159 Cedar Avenue, Scranton.


Architectural Heritage Association
P.O. Box 1301
Scranton, PA 18501
http://www.preservationscranton.org/purpose.htm

Organization is strongly committed to the preservation and reuse of architecturally significant buildings. AHA offers downtown walking tours, sponsors a design award, offers lectures and provides National Historic Register Assistance.


The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA)
538 Spruce Street, Suite 516
Scranton, PA 18503
570.963.6730
http://www.LHVA.org/

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA) is a National and State Heritage Area . It works in partnership with local organizations and agencies to implement projects that preserve, interpret, and enhance the historic, cultural, and natural resources of Northeastern Pennsylvania , including the development of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a forty-mile recreational trail.


The Lackawanna Historical Society (LHS)
The Catlin House
232 Monroe Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510
570.344.3841
http://www.lackawannahistory.org/

Founded in 1886, the LHS is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the county. Its mission is to preserve and interpret (delete “s”) the social, cultural and economic history of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania (delete. They also) by hosting lectures, workshops and historical events for the public. Walking tours of downtown Scranton are offered in the summer.


The Carbondale Historical Society
P.O. Box 151
Carbondale, PA 18407
570.282.0385
http://www.carbondalehistorical.org

Located on the third floor of Carbondale City Hall , the Society offers an annual series of public lectures, programs, exhibitions, and commemorative ceremonies, in the community and in the public schools, to interpret and makes accessible to the public the City’s rich, diverse, and unique history and heritage.


The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum
300 Cliff St.
Scranton, PA 18503
570.963.6590
www.ectma.org

Located on the property of Steamtown National Historic Site, Lackawanna County operates the facilty consisting of a museum open year round and trolley excursions running May-October and a special Santa Trolley in December. Trolley ride is a 10 mile round trip to the PNC Baseball Stadium that goes through a 100 year old tunnel.


Steamtown National Historic Site
Cliff St. Scranton, PA 18503
(570)340-5200
http://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm

Steamtown National Historic Site is a National Park that preserves and interprets the history of steam railroading in America. Year round interpretive programming is offered at the Museum and train excursions to locations such as Moscow and Tobyhanna are offered seasonally.


Regional Arts Councils and Organizations


Arts YOUniverse
47 North Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701
570.970.2787
http://www.artsyouniverse.com/

Arts center in Wilkes-Barre offering a variety of classes, workshops and other arts opportunities for area artists of all disciplines.


Cultural Council of Luzerne County
84 West South Street DDD 107
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
570.408.4439
http://www.cclcarts.org/

Functions as an umbrella agency in support of individuals and arts organizations in Luzerne County. The council programs and funds regional public projects, educational programs, and also represents a unified voice for the arts in the community at large.


Endless Mountains Council on the Arts
302 W. Tioga St. SR6 Box 144
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
570.836.3622
http://emca.emcs.net/

Strengthens and supports the visual and performing arts ins Tunkhannock and surrounding communities ranging from visual to performing and literary. Classes, workshops and performances are offered in painting, drawing, sculpting, drama, writing, music, literary, for all ages.


Northern Tier Cultural Alliance (NTCA)
One Washington Street, Suite A
Towanda, PA 18848
570.265.7455
www.ntculturalalliance.org

NTCA educates the public about cultural traditions, history and art of the Pennsylvania Northern Tier and assists tradition bearers and traditional artists in the preservation of their work. NTCA also serves as one of seven Regional Folk Arts Support Centers that seeks “to strengthen awareness and understanding, as well as participation in, traditional arts across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”


Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA)
742 Main Street, Suite 201
Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 18431
570.253.6850
http://waynecountyartsalliance.org/

The Alliance is composed of artists and people interested in the beneficial effects of the arts. WCAA promotes arts and culture by assisting artists, offering classes, and creating dynamic programming in Wayne County.


Deleware Vally Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 170
37 Main Street
Narrowsburg, New York 12764
845.252.7576
http://www.artsalliancesite.org/index.html

Serves as Arts Council for Sullivan County, New York and presenting programs in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts and service a county-and valley-wide constituency of artists, arts groups and the general public. Independent Artists Collective