Lackawanna County awards $153,500 in arts and culture grants

Jul. 23—More than two dozen local artists and organizations will share $153,500 in funding through grants approved this week by the Lackawanna County commissioners.

With COVID-19 canceling or postponing many events over the past year, the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture COVID-19 Creative Community grants will help fill the gap as the county emerges from the pandemic, said Maureen McGuigan, director of arts and culture.

"It's basically to do something nice for the community and to help our organizations and artists," she said. "A lot of the groups and artists we fund are struggling."

The commissioners unanimously approved the 27 grants, which range from $1,500 to $10,000, during their meeting Wednesday at the Jefferson Twp. Municipal Building. It was the second round of the grants awarded by the county.

The pandemic not only stifled opportunities for artists and organizations in the county to present arts and culture programming, it also made fundraising difficult, magnifying the impact of the grants for the recipients, McGuigan said.

"They're not large, but it's amazing what they do with them," she said. "If you're a small artist, $2,500 can do a lot. It's really helpful."

The grants include:

—Abington Heights Civic League of Dance, $5,000, for summer programs offering three dance styles and formats.

—Anthracite Heritage Museum, $10,000, for Industrial Festival and iron pour to be held in late September or early October.

—Archbald Borough, $10,000, for creation of a "Kneeling Soldier" sculpture for the Veterans Monument Park.

—Bill Carter, $2,500, for an Oct. 17 concert titled, "Music of Consolation," a collaboration between Presbybop Quintet and Lyric Consort.

—Camp Create, $2,500, for a performing and visual arts camp for special-needs children at Waverly Community House.

—Julie Esty, $2,500, for a free drive-through tour of the Dunmore Cemetery, with visitors to receive a specially designed booklet and map.

—Everhart Museum, $10,000, for a performance of "80 Minutes Around the World: Immigration Stories" at the Scranton Cultural Center by storyteller Nestor Gomez in conjunction with the Voices Project.

—Inclusion Festival, $10,000, for "dinner and a show" experience for all ages and abilities.

—Indraloka Sanctuary, $2,000, for an exhibit as part of the new barn gallery featuring artwork by Johnny Braz and youth artists.

—Frank Goryl, $2,500, for community pottery workshops by Moscow Clayworks.

—Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug, $2,500, for six weeklong workshops in writing, visual and print arts.

—Rich Howells, $2,500, for production of the Juicebox Sessions, a series of live streaming concerts with local artists that will also feature interactive interviews.

—Kala School of Indian Dance, $5,000, for Shade in Movement, a virtual show in partnership with Everhart Museum highlighting the connections between painting and dance.

—Lackawanna Medical Society, $10,000, for a collaborative arts and sciences virtual workshop series, An Experiment in Civic Hope.

—Christine Medley, $1,500, for creation of printmaking kits to be distributed at local organizations.

—NEPA Youth Shelter, $10,000, to create and produce two public performances of a musical project with teen clients based on a Shakespeare play in partnership with REV Theatre Company.

—Cristin Powers, $2,500, to support Live Music in the Hill, a monthly live music series showcasing local musicians.

—Scranton Cultural Center, $10,000, for a daylong celebration of the arts in the spring of 2022 featuring interactive workshops and more.

—Scranton Fringe Festival, $10,000, for Fringe Under Glass, which in addition to live performances set behind glass will include outdoor performances, music, street theater and an LGBTQ+ focused storytelling event, "The Big Gay StorySlam."

—Scranton Jazz Festival, $5,000, for live jazz music in multiple downtown venues Aug. 6-8.

—St. Joseph's Center, $2,500, for the Arts Under the Tent program.

—Summer Music Festival, $5,000, for a series of concerts on Wednesdays through October at the Scranton Cooperative Farmers Market.

—tecBRIDGE, $5,000, to introduce augmented reality software to students at Carbondale Area High School and the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center to develop digital storytelling skills.

—Theater at North, $5,000, to offer free performances of the family-friendly children's theater production of "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." for the community, along with workshops.

—United Neighborhood Centers, $10,000, for the Pine Brook Family Arts Festival.

—Waldorf Park German American Federation, $5,000, for the second traditional outdoor German Christmas Market.

—Waverly Community House, $5,000, for the Summer Art and Music Series.

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