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The ARTS Engage! Task Force/NEPA Transform Project Unveils The Butterfly Forest Installation

The butterfly is the quintessential symbol of transformation.  That is why it was chosen by the ARTS Engage! Task Force, a collaborative consortium comprised of county departments, social service agencies and arts organizations, for the Butterfly Forest art installation to be held in partnership with the First Friday Scranton Health Fair sponsored by the Lackawanna County Medical Society on Friday, June 7, on the Linden Street Side of Courthouse Square, beginning at 4:30 PM.

The installation kicks off NEPA Transform, which asks the public to reflect on and share stories of transformation in their lives and communities.

Community organizations, businesses, schools and individuals were invited to paint ceramic butterflies starting in February. The butterflies were created by Verve Vertu Arts Studio, part of The Deutsche Institute, in partnership with Moscow Clayworks. The public has been invited to select a butterfly and share their own story of transformation on social media using hash tags: # NepaTransform #ArtsTransform and #ArtsEngage. In addition to the unveiling, there will be other activities, including chalk Hop Scotch boards drawn by local artists, a community Butterfly Dance performed by Ballet Theatre of Scranton, and storytelling activities.

The ARTS Engage! Program was created in 2008, when a partnership was launched between the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Service (OYFS) to support public arts programming that can build pro-social skills in youth and provide access to arts programming. The success of the youth arts led to exploring how the arts can collaborate with other agencies, community groups, and schools to help solve social issues, build community, and increase equity.

In 2016, an ARTS Engage! Task Force was launched with the mission of “improving the quality of life for Lackawanna County residents through access to and participation in artistic, creative and cultural experiences.”

ARTS Engage! Task Force Members include: Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Lackawanna County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Lackawanna County Youth and Family Services, Lackawanna County Office of Information Technology,  Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program, Lackawanna County-Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Outreach Center for Community Resources, The Deutsche Institute, Verve Vertu Art Studio,  and the Veteran’s Resource Coalition of NEPA.

The Butterfly Forest installation will also be part of the Lackawanna County Summer Arts Market on Saturday, July 20, on Courthouse Square from 11 AM – 7 PM.

 

SCHEDULE OF JUNE 7 NEPA TRANSFORM EVENTS

 

4:30 – 7:30 PM                   Scranton Health Fair

4:30 – 6:30 PM                   Storytelling and art

6:30 – 7 PM                        Butterfly Dance Ballet Theatre of Scranton Choreographed by Janine Baux

7 – 7:30 PM                        A Taste of StorySlam

 

The organizations, businesses and individuals who painted butterflies include: Abington Heights High School, Abington Senior Community Center, Afa Gallery, All Saints Academy, Allied Services Behavioral Health Division, Amos Towers, ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, Bank of America, Barrier Breakers & Scranton Running Company, and Black Scranton Project.

Also, Carbondale Active Older Adult Community Center, Charles Sumner Elementary School, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children of Lackawanna CAO employees, Creative And Performing Arts Academy of NEPA, Constance Denchy, Debra Domenick, Joseph Dominick, Francene Pisano Dudziec, and Kathy Elkins.

Also, Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Bonnie Flaherty, Colleen Ford, Friendship House Geisinger Community Medical Center, Geneva House, Allison Grant, Greater Scranton Jaycees and Case Quattro Winery, Girl Scout Troop 30867, Girl Scout Troop 50075, and Girl Scout Troop 50605.

Also, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., Germaine Helcoski, Hollie Hoban, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Jill Kaszuba, Keystone College, Sam Kuchwara, The Learning Campus, Lackawanna County Employees, and Little Hands Big Art.

Also, Jeannine Luby, Lutheran Academy, Scranton, Susan McDermott, Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center, Mid Valley Elementary Center, Mid Valley Secondary Center, Monticello School,  NEPA Green Fair, NEPA NOW, NEPA Youth Shelter, and Office of Youth and Family Services Independent Living Group.

Also, Old Forge Elementary School, Old Forge Junior-Senior High School, Liz Parry-Faist, Angela Powell, Jennifer Quinn, St. Joseph’s Center, SkyView Friends Mentoring Program,  Riverside Junior-Senior High School, Scranton Fringe Festival, Shiloh Baptist Church Youth Ministry,  Michael Sorrentino.

Also, South Scranton Intermediate School, South Side Active Older Adult Community Center, Valley View Elementary School, Valley View High School, Wayne Highlands Elementary School, West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, United Neighborhood Centers Community Education and Revitalization Department, Verve Vertu Art Studio, and Waverly Elementary School.

Also, Wesley Village, West Scranton High School SADD Club and Women To Women: Thrive.

Butterfly Public Art Program On Transformation

The Lackawanna County ARTS Engage! Task Force is seeking local groups, schools, businesses, and individuals to paint ceramic butterflies for a community arts program on the theme of transformation.

The public is being encouraged to use the project as a means of sharing stories of individual or community transformation on social media. Future activities will focus on storytelling, art health and wellness, and community connection.

The program, which will launch this Spring, will showcase the “works of art” outside the County’s Courthouse.

There is no charge for the butterflies, which should be done with acrylic paint. Art supplies will be made available for groups if they are unable to obtain them.  To request butterflies, please contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or at arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org, or through Facebook at Lackawanna Arts and Culture Department.

The ARTS Engage! Program was created in 2008, through a partnership between the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Service (OYFS) as a means of providing access to and supporting public arts programming that can build pro-social skills in youth.  The success of this venture led to exploring how the arts can collaborate with other agencies, community groups and schools to help solve social issues, build community and increase equity. In 2016, an ARTS Engage! Task Force was launched with a mission of “improving the quality of life for Lackawanna County residents through access to and participation in artistic, creative and cultural experiences.”

ARTS Engage! Task Force Members include: Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Lackawanna County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Lackawanna County Youth and Family Services, Lackawanna County Office of Information Technology,  Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program, Lackawanna County-Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Outreach Center for Community Resources, The Deutsche Institute, Verve Vertu Art Studio,  and the Veterans’ Resource Coalition of NEPA.

ARTS Engage Day Activities Set For August 1

Reading is not only important to a child’s educational, career and social development, it also pays great dividends.

Youngsters, who participate in the Lackawanna County Library System’s Summer Reading Clubs, receive a passport that offers them admittance to a variety of County cultural events.

One activity that the passport is good for is the Thursday, August 1, ARTS Engage Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum on 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site, from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Children with a passport will gain free admission to the program, have access to a variety of fun arts activities and be able to enjoy a discounted trolley ride.

Initiated in 2006, the passport program is a collaboration between the Library System and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. It entitles the holder to one free admission at the Electric City Trolley Museum, Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours, Steamtown National Historic Site, the Everhart and Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museums, and the Scranton Cultural Center.

Each Summer since its inception, the passport program has provided children with more than 10,000 free admissions to the County’s major attractions.

For more information on ARTS Engage! Day, please contact the Arts & Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or visit arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.

 

Lackawanna County Call for Artists ARTS Engage! Day

This program is a partnership with Lackawanna County’s Arts and Culture Department and the Office of Youth and Family Services and the County Library System Passport Program. Art activities will be featured in the Trolley Museum and admission will be free for children with their Lackawanna County Library Passport card.

Lackawanna County is seeking visual and performing artists who enjoy working with children ages 7-13 to work at our Art in the Park program this summer. Artists that have been selected by the committee will be paid a stipend rate of $250 (two hundred, fifty dollars).

Applicants should apply by submit the application form, a proposal 1-2 page proposal outlining the art activity and a one page bio or resume.

If you have any questions, please contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director Arts andCulture, 570.963.6590 ex. 102 or by email mcguiganm@lackawannacounty.org | download application