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Lackawanna County seeking artists to work with children at summer arts programs

Lackawanna County seeking artists to work with children at summer arts programs
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From a press release:

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is seeking visual and performing artists who enjoy working with children ages 4-12 to work at the county’s upcoming Art in the Park program and ARTS Engage! Day this summer. Schedules are noted below.

Art in the Park:

Tuesday, July 10 – 10 a.m.-noon: Merli-Sarnoski Park in Greenfield Twp.
Tuesday, July 17 – 10 a.m.-noon: Covington Park in Covington Twp.
Tuesday, July 24 – 10 a.m.-noon: Aylesworth Park in Jermyn
Tuesday, July 31 – 10 a.m.-noon: McDade Park in Scranton

ARTS Engage! Day:

Thursday, Aug. 2 – 10 a.m.-noon: Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton

Art in the Park takes place in county parks outdoors under a pavilion and/or tent. Each visual artist will have their own picnic table. Performing artists can stroll or station themselves in the grassy areas. There may also be additional tents available. Activities that work best are come-and-go/immediate hands-on interactive activities. Simple works best, but they should also be fun and interesting. Use your imagination – think inexpensive, creative, and easy for supplies.

ARTS Engage! Day will be held inside the Electric City Trolley Museum (300 Cliff St., Scranton). Tables and chairs will be provided.

The children’s ages range from 4-12, with the average age of 8. The kids do not register ahead of time but, on average, approximately 125-150 children attend each park and trolley museum event. Artists are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance, and tables are provided on a first come, first served basis.

If you have worked at Art in the Park or ARTS Engage! Day in the past, you are asked to provide new activities, as many people return to these programs each year.

The rate of pay is $175 per day for performing artists and $200 per day for visual and table artists, who must purchase their own supplies. The county takes a minimum of 30 days for payment, and artists must provide a W-9 form and invoice to be paid.

Proposals are reviewed by the Art in the Park committee. If selected, you will receive a letter with instructions, and an Art in the Park Committee Member will also contact you with information. The county plans to notify artists in late May.

If interested, artists must complete an application online at For further information, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570-963-6590, ext. 102, or e-mail