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 [email protected], 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 [email protected].


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 [email protected] | 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 [email protected] 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.