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‘Wake Up With the Arts’ at free breakfast and workshop at Trolley Museum in Scranton on Oct. 6

‘Wake Up With the Arts’ at free breakfast and workshop at Trolley Museum in Scranton on Oct. 6
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From a press release:

Mitchell Rasor, principal of MRLD Landscape Architecture + Urbanism and a professor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Maine College of Art, will be the main speaker at the “Wake Up With the Arts” breakfast, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 at the Electric City Trolley Museum on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

The ninth annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, brings national speakers to the community on varied arts topics of interest.

Following the presentation, there will be a 90-minute interactive workshop led by Rasor focusing on solutions to urban and environmental issues specific to Lackawanna County. It will run from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required.

The breakfast will open with a short performance by classical guitarist Jay Steveskey, who has participated in many Lackawanna County Arts & Culture programs.

Rasor’s lecture, “Street Urbanism: Reframing the 21st Century City,” will focus on topics related to how the arts can be used to create better urban spaces, as well as help with environmental challenges. His talk will draw from his over 20 years of experience in the fields of landscape architecture and urban design.

Rasor is a licensed landscape architect and has had an active studio/installation art practice for 30 years. At the Maine College of Art, he teaches classes in the areas of urban ecology, landscape theory, urban design, and social practice. In addition to his classroom work, Rasor has been a senior research fellow at the University of Southern Maine Research Computing Group and a critic and speaker at such institutions as Bowdoin College, Bates College, the University of Virginia, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He also writes, lectures, and curates on issues related to landscape architecture, urban design, economic development, environmental art, mobility, location efficiency, green infrastructures, and social housing.

Since its inception, the arts breakfast has served as a creative networking event, focusing on educating, motivating, and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses, and agencies to enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County’s communities. It also showcases the artistic talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania, due to the fact that tables at the event are decorated by local artists and organizations.

The “Wake Up With the Arts” breakfast and workshop at the Electric City Trolley Museum (300 Cliff St., Scranton) is free and open to the public. Interested parties can register by e-mailing arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org or calling 570-963-6590, ext. 106.

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the recent John Oliver train set dedication at the Trolley Museum here.