Arts & Culture News & Activities

Arts & Culture News & Activities

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department will be redesigning its programming for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure the safety of the public.

Upcoming summer programs including The Scrantastic Spectacular on July 3, Art in the Park series and ARTS Engage! Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum have all been cancelled along with our 3 on 3 tournament. Swimming at our parks’ pool and lakes is prohibited.

Although options may be explored depending on recommendations from the CDC and state, fall and winter events, including the annual Wake Up With the Arts Breakfast and the Winter Market, have also been cancelled. The Trolley Museum is currently not open to the public and offering trolley rides. The museum will follow the official guidelines regarding reopening.

To support local artists and creative local businesses during this time, the County along with Anthracite Events is launching the “NEPA Artists, Creators and Small Business Showcase” on July 1. It will run seasonally through December with the intent to create an online space to make shopping locally easier for the public. Applications are now open and can be found at They will be accepted until June 19.

The County is currently running its Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Live! series every Wednesday from 7-9 pm, featuring local artists and other cultural producers, until July 1.

To stay updated on future Lackawanna County Arts and Culture programming during the pandemic, follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or contact the office at [email protected].

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department has launched a new initiative during the COVID-19


Lackawanna Arts & Culture Live!!!


The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department has launched a new initiative during the COVID-19 to provide
entertainment and education to the public, while supporting artists and other cultural producers.

Lackawanna Arts & Culture Live! is an online series of programming, live streamed every Wednesday from now until July
1 from 7 – 9 pm on ECTV’s YouTube channel, Comcast Channel 19, and at Arts & Culture’s Facebook Live.

The program will feature musicians, visual artists, performers, and lectures on history and heritage. You can check-out
the lineup each week by visiting the Arts and Culture Department’s Facebook page or by emailing
[email protected]




Commissioners Reopen County Parks On A Limited Basis

Commissioners Reopen County Parks On A Limited Basis


Sunday, May 3, 2020


The Lackawanna County Commissioners – Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, Esq., and Chris Chermak – have approved the reopening of the four County parks for limited use beginning Monday, May 4, at 7 AM.

McDade, Merli-Sarnoski, Covington and Alyesworth Parks will be open to the general public Monday to Sunday from 7 AM until dusk when the parks close.

People will be able to walk, hike, jog, bike and fish.

Large group gatherings are not permitted under the Governor’s order. The restrooms and pavilions will remain closed, and sports activities will not be permitted.

The Coal Mine Tour will remain closed until further notice.

The Commissioners urge everyone using the facilities to practice social distancing.





NeighborWorks NEPA Challenges Kindness for Isolated Seniors Amidst Social Distancing

NeighborWorks NEPA Challenges Kindness for Isolated Seniors Amidst Social Distancing


Scranton, PA ​-​ April 22, 2020​

NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania is launching the ​KindnessWorks Challenge​, a social media initiative addressing senior isolation while following social distancing guidelines.

Senior isolation is a struggle we face as a community in northeastern Pennsylvania. The challenge asks participants to be creative in spreading smiles and showing kindness while practicing safe social distancing. Entering the contest is easy – just document your acts of kindness through photos or videos and post on Facebook using ​#KindnessWorks​ for a chance to win fun prizes from NeighborWorks NEPA! ​Each week will offer first place prizes, such as a Weber  two-burner propane grill, a Yeti cooler, and a Bose Outdoor Sound System. First place winners will be eligible to  qualify to receive a Neighborhood Block Party.

Combatting senior isolation and feelings of loneliness in elderly residents has always been a goal for NeighborWorks NEPA. ​“Older adults in our community are a gift, full of wisdom and experience. Let’s work together as a community to ensure they feel connected to their neighborhoods during this trying time when staying isolated also keeps them healthy and safe,” says Mary Endrusick, Aging in Place Coordinator.

About Neighborworks Northeastern Pennsylvania NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development organization that has for more than 35 years helped to revitalize neighborhoods and improve lives throughout the region by addressing the housing needs in our community. Their vision for strong, healthy neighborhoods is built on resident empowerment, neighborhood revitalization, sustainable homeownership, and public-private partnerships.


NWNEPA KindnessWorks Challenge PSA