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.