2016 Lackawanna County Arts and Culture grants recipients announced


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    SCRANTON — Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings announced the 2016 arts and culture organizations and individuals who received grant support for their various community projects, events and activities.

    Financial assistance was awarded in two forms: program stream grants and community project grants. The program stream grants are larger awards to arts and cultural non-profits who receive a yearly allocation from the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department. Their operations are reviewed every other year to gauge need, their projects and general growth. Community project grants are one-time disbursements for a specific activity administered by an organization or individual. Applicants may reapply every October for this form of funding.

    The amount awarded for 32 program grants this year was $211,700. The total for 23 project grants was $50,113.

    The applications for both revenue streams are reviewed and scored by a panel to help determine if the programs, projects or activities should be funded. Both grant programs are modeled after the process that The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts utilizes.

    The financial resources for the grants come from the Arts, Education and Culture tax, which is assessed annually at a rate of approximately 1.0 mill.

    Also at the Jan. 27 awards ceremony, the County’s Arts and Culture Department and the Pocono Arts Council recognized the Pennsylvania Arts Council’s “Partners in the Arts” Project Stream Award recipients from the region.

    • Local anchor institutions that received their annual education/arts and culture allocation of $240,000 each include:

    The Scranton Public Library

    The Everhart Museum

    The Scranton Cultural Center

    • The 2016 program stream grant recipients include:

    The Abington Business and Professional Association Festival of Ice, $4,000

    Actor’s Circle, $7,000

    Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces, $7,000

    Arcadia Chorale, $3,000

    Artists for Art Gallery, $6,000

    Ballet Theatre of Scranton, $7,000

    Boys and Girls Club of NEPA, $5,000

    Broadway Theatre League, $15,000

    Catholic Choral Society, $3,000

    Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, $3,500

    City of Carbondale Pioneer Heritage Festival, $4,000

    Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, $1,200

    Electric City Television, $25,000

    First Friday Scranton, $5,000

    La Festa Italiana, $7,000

    Lackawanna All County High School Band, $1,000

    Lackawanna Historical Society, $20,000

    Lackawanna River Corridor Association River Fest, $2,500

    Lackawanna Heritage Valley Heritage Explorer and Santa Train, $1,000

    Lyric Consor, $3,000

    Mostly Opera, $1,500

    N.E.I.U. No. 19 Poetry Out Loud Program, $1,000

    North Pocono Cultural Society, $2,500

    Scranton Civic Ballet, $7,000

    Scranton Jazz Festival, $6,000

    Scranton Music Association, $3,000

    Scranton Public Theatre, $3,500

    Scranton Shakespeare Festival, $6,000

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association, $6,000

    St. Ubaldo Festival, $6,000

    The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, $16,000

    United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA Project Hope and Shutter Bug Photography Program, $23,000

    • The individuals and organizations receiving 2016 community project grants include:

    Margo Azzarelli, $1,500

    Jeffrey Boam, $2,550

    Lisa A. Cassella, $2,550

    Covenant Public Concerts, $2,550

    Lucia Daily, $2,550

    Shirley Eagen, $1,500

    Tim Farrell, $2,550

    First Presbyterian Church, $2,125

    Friends of the Arc Auxiliary, $3,000

    Ghostlight Theatre Productions, $3,000

    K.K. Gordon, $1,071

    Rosemary Hay, $2,120

    Camp Create, $2,100

    Pop Up Studio, $1,500

    Ringgold Pops of Scranton, $1,800

    Scranton Fringe Festival, $2,700

    Ihor Shablovsky, $2,550

    Doug Smith – $2,100

    Voluntary Action Center of NEPA, $1,785

    Wally Gordon Community Singers, $1, 012

    Waverly Community House, $3,000

    Michelle Wheeler, $1,500

    West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch, $3,000

    For Abington Journal

    Information provided by Lackawanna County Communications.

    Information provided by Lackawanna County Communications.

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