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


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 | download application


Playwright Barry Kornhauser To Present ARTS Engage Workshop

Barry Kornhauser, a nationally and internationally recognized playwright, will present a free ARTS Engage! workshop for artists, educators, social workers, child care providers, mentors, agencies that assist at risk youth, and groups underserved by the arts on Monday, June 17, from 9 AM-noon at The Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton.

The program is being sponsored by Lackawanna County’s Arts & Culture Department and Office of Family and Youth Services.

Mr. Kornhauser is the Director of the newly formed Family Arts Collaborative at Millersville University. His workshop will focus on empowering both at risk youth and their families through the arts.

Mr. Kornhauser’s plays have been produced at such esteemed venues as The Kennedy Center and La Jolla Playhouse. He has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His Youth Theatre program for at risk teens and those living with disabilities was honored by the White House as one of the nation’s top arts education initiatives.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Contact the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department Program Coordinator Chris Calvey at 570-963-6590, ext. 106, or to make a reservation(s).

ARTS Engage! is a Lackawanna County program that funds low cost or free arts programming. Open to the general public, children from the Office of Family and Youth Services participate in these programs to develop self-esteem and to learn positive social behaviors through the arts. To date, over 6,000 children have been served.

Downtown Arts Festival Scheduled For July 27

A new arts, music and cultural festival is being developed for this Summer and the organizers are seeking volunteer community organizations or individuals to perform at the event on Saturday,  July 27.

The Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department and ScrantonMade are organizing the “Arts on the Square” festival slated for Courthouse Square on July 27 from noon to 8 PM.

The “Arts on the Square” committee is looking for performers and organizations to get involved.  There will be two stages available for various acts, but strolling performers are also encouraged to apply/participate.

The festival will also feature various vendors and local businesses, offering various food, drink or merchandise specials.

Festival applications can be downloaded at or by emailing  The applications are due Saturday, June 1, and will be reviewed by the committee.  Applicants will be notified by Saturday, June 15.

For additional information or clarification, contact Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, at 570-963-6590, Ext. 102.