The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department has launched a new initiative during the COVID-19


Lackawanna Arts & Culture Live!!!


The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department has launched a new initiative during the COVID-19 to provide
entertainment and education to the public, while supporting artists and other cultural producers.

Lackawanna Arts & Culture Live! is an online series of programming, live streamed every Wednesday from now until July
1 from 7 – 9 pm on ECTV’s YouTube channel, Comcast Channel 19, and at Arts & Culture’s Facebook Live.

The program will feature musicians, visual artists, performers, and lectures on history and heritage. You can check-out
the lineup each week by visiting the Arts and Culture Department’s Facebook page or by emailing
[email protected]




Lackawanna County has published a COVID-19 Creative Community Resources Guide

Arts & Culture Community Resource Guide

The arts and culture sector is especially vulnerable to issues posed by the current COVID-19 crisis by the nature of the work they do. Many artists are self-employed and small businesses and non-profits rely on a customer base. Additionally, arts and culture organizations provide programs for the public to attend.

In response to the challenges faced by creative sector, The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and several other agencies and individuals joined forces to publish “Lackawanna County COVID-19 Creative Community Resources,” a guide that helps to navigate the many available resources.

The guide outline CARES Act programs, the Pennsylvania CARE Package and gives links for grant funding and other resource, as well as local organizations offering their expertise for navigating these programs.

The directory will be updated regularly to meet the challenges and changes everyone is facing daily. The public is encouraged to follow the County’s Arts & Culture Department’s Facebook ad Twitter pages for the latest information.

The organizations that offered guidance for the compendium were: City of Scranton Office of Economic and Community Development, Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art, Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education Council, Meoni Graphics + Promotion, NEPA Alliance, Scranton Area Foundation, Scranton Tomorrow, the Small Business Development Center and United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Cultured Department will offer an information session through Facebook live on Tuesday, April 14, at 1 pm, which will also be broadcast simultaneously on Electric City Television Channel 19.

For more information on the guide and/or information session, contact Maureen McGuigan, Lackawanna County Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.815.1280 or [email protected].

Lackawanna Historical Society Collects Covid-19 Data to Build Local Archive

DATE: 4/1/2020

Lackawanna Historical Society
Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Executive Director
232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510
[email protected]

Lackawanna Historical Society Collects Covid-19 Data to Build Local Archive

SCRANTON, PA – History happens every day, some days are more historic than others. Right now, we’re certainly living through a bit of history that will undoubtedly be studied by scholars in the future. To make their job easier, we’re excited to unveil the LHS Covid-19 Archive project, a virtual ‘instant archive” for members of our community to record their thoughts and reactions to the pandemic. In an effort to document this historic moment, the Lackawanna Historical Society has prepared two online surveys, one for students and one for adults, and created an upload link where individuals can share their personal experiences and reflections of how the pandemic is effecting them. The Lackawanna Historical Society is dedicated to documenting, preserving and interpreting Lackawanna County history and whats happening right now is a significant part of that history.

We invite the public to participate by going to:
to complete our survey or upload their story.

The Society will continue to not only document and collect data but is also working to provide interesting and educational local history programs including an online local history curriculum with discussion questions at

The public is encouraged to check our website and daily Facebook posts for more details on future projects.

For more information or to make reservations for the opening, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email [email protected].

New Yorker Cartoonist & Author To Present A Lecture On The History Of The Snowman

The Lackawanna County Arts Department in partnership with the Lackawanna County Library System and the Scranton Cultural Center is hosting an evening with Bob Eckstein, a New Yorker cartoonist and author of The Illustrated History of the Snowman at the Scranton Cultural Center on Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m.

Mr. Eckstein will discuss the process for writing his book and experiences as a New Yorker cartoonist. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing with copies available for sale.

Mr. Eckstein is an award winning illustrator whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall St. Journal and The New York Times, as well as more than a dozen other publications. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts and the Pratt Institute. In 2000, Bob sought to solve the mystery of who created the first snowman. The inquiry enabled him to travel around the world.  The project took seven years to complete, which created a fascinating and entertaining read.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, kicks-off the County’s holiday events.  The theme for this year is “Snow People,” and various activities will be featured at both the Lackawanna County Winter Market at the Globe and at Scranton businesses and organizations where people may take photos at the “Snow People Trail,” located throughout the downtown.

For more information about the lecture and book signing, please contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email [email protected]