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.

April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s represents the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, affecting over one million people. Allied Services and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Parkinson’s Foundation are the area’s leading organizations in fighting the disease and providing valuable services to patients, families and caregivers in our region. To raise awareness, the Lackawanna County Commissioners designated April as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month” in our community. Seated.

l-r, Atty. William Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Atty. Joseph Coviello, President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Parkinson’s Foundation; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. Standing l-r, Michael Avvisato, Allied Services’ Chief Financial Officer; and Don and Mari Dempsey-Hart, Co-chairs of Allied Services’ “Pledge For Parkinson’s” reception.


First Friday Scranton Announces Fourth Annual Art Auction






SCRANTON, PA – First Friday Scranton, a non profit organization that hosts free art walks on the first Friday of every month at dozens of galleries and businesses around downtown Scranton, will hold its Fourth Annual Art Auction fundraiser on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Scranton Cultural Center.

The event consists of a live auction of artwork donated by local artists, as well as a silent auction and a wine bottle pull. Proceeds from the art auction fundraiser benefit the non profit, volunteerdriven First Friday Scranton organization and helps support the monthly art walks and local artistic initiatives.

Last year, 40 pieces of artwork donated by local artists were auctioned off. The organization raised nearly $5,000 with a portion of the proceeds going back to the artists that donated the works. First Friday Scranton is looking for area artists to donate works to be auctioned off during the event. The deadline for donations is March 22, 2013. First Friday Scranton is also looking for area businesses interested in sponsoring the event, donating an item for the silent auction or the wine bottle pull. For more information, contact First Friday at (570) 565 9006 or visit