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.

ARTS Engage Funding Guidelines Released

Area organizations can apply to the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department for up to $50,000 in funding for Summer youth arts programs.                   

According to Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, the 2013-14 ARTS Engage RFQ has been released and is posted on the County’s website at                

The ARTS Engage program is designed to involve at risk youth in a variety of activities that will strengthen their self esteem, enable the children to express themselves through a number of mediums, and showcase their talents.                

The program helps to develop positive social skills.  It is open to all elementary, middle school and high school aged children.                

Designed as a true community partnership, the successful community organization, civic group and/or art agency must work involve a school in offering the activities.                

The organizations involved in ARTS Engage would be working with both the County’s Office of Family & Youth Services and the Arts & Culture Department.  The programs can be coordinated in Scranton and/or Carbondale.    

An information session on the ARTS Engage RFQ will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 9 AM at The Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503.  Interested individual can register for the meeting by contacting the Arts & Culture Department at 570-963-6590, Ext. 106, or emailing               

Proposals are due on April 19.