Wake Up With The Arts!

Festival Of Trees Exhibit Celebrates The “Roaring Twenties”

The care-free times of the “Roaring Twenties” will be the theme of this year’s annual Festival of Trees exhibit and Toys for Tots reception fundraiser, which will be held at the Marketplace at Steamtown in the former Abercrombie & Fitch space on Friday, December 8.


The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees will go directly to Toys for Tots.


As noted, this year the event will harken back to the days of the “Roaring Twenties.”  This era in U.S. history brought about a period of great social and political change to the country. Participants are asked to incorporate Jazz, flappers, dance halls, radio, speakeasies, prohibition, airplanes, movies, and automobiles into the tree designs.


The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).  Participants must supply their own artificial tree.  All trees must be set-up and completely decorated for the December 8 reception.


To register a tree, send a check or money order, made payable to Toys for Tots, to Gerard Hetman, Festival of Trees, Lackawanna County Community Relations Department, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503, along with your contact information.


To request a formal application or to secure further information, contact the Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or email


The trees will be on display through January 12.

Art & Global Culture

A panel of distinguished experts from a variety of disciplines will examine how the arts influence our thinking about different cultures, encourage understanding, and connect us globally at an October 15 Arts & Culture seminar.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will present an Afternoon with the Arts: Art & Global Culture on Sunday, October 15, in Craftsman Hall on the third floor of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420. N. Washington Avenue, beginning at 1 PM.  The session will run from 1-2 PM, followed by a reception. Both activities are free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will be moderated by the County’s Deputy Director of Arts and Culture Maureen McGuigan and feature: Nezka Pfeifer, curator of the Everhart Museum; Cesar Reyes Mateo, leader singer of the Latin band; Grupo Zona, a musician, who will perform at the reception; Donya Jackson, artist and Communications Specialist; and Dr. Annie Hounsokou, Ph.D.

The group’s discussion will center on the interplay between culture and the art society. The audience is encouraged to bring its own thoughts and questions to generate dialogue.

 Afternoon with the Arts is modeled after the successful Wake-up with the Arts program, an annual breakfast that features national arts industry speakers.  The concept of Afternoon With The Arts is to integrate the arts into dialogues across multiple disciplines.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was formed in 2004 and is supported through an education and culture fee that generates approximately $1.2 million for the purpose of enriching the County.  The office offers community grants, public arts programming, workshops, lectures and also oversees the operation of the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum.

To register for the workshop, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email