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Learn how to earn a living in performing arts at free panel discussion at Scranton Cultural Center on July 21

Learn how to earn a living in performing arts at free panel discussion at Scranton Cultural Center on July 21
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From a press release:

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture, and Education Council will present a free panel discussion, “Performance for a Living,” in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center on Saturday, July 21 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

The panel features local artists who work in the field of performing arts. Conor O’Brien is an actor, producer, and co-founder of the Scranton Fringe Festival. He has performed in Kansas City, Missouri, Philadelphia, New York, and at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Doug Smith has been a full-time musician since 1984, playing concerts, festivals, night clubs, resorts, public schools, and universities. Photographer Alex Seeley is a fine arts photographer with a background in photojournalism and a passion for concert photography, which is published regularly on NEPA Scene. His work has been featured in group and single exhibitions at several galleries, including the AfA Gallery and ArtWorks Gallery & Studio in Scranton.

Doors at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) will open at 12:30 p.m. with live music by Doug Smith and Jim Waltich.

The goal of this program is to provide strategies for artists who want to work in the performing arts field and to also educate the general public about what it is like to be a performing artist in Lackawanna County, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and beyond.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was formed in 2004 and is supported through an education and culture fee that generates approximately $1.2 million, which is used to enrich the quality of life in the local community. The department offers community grants, public arts programming, workshops, and lectures and also oversees the operation of the Electric City Trolley Museum.

The seminar is free and open to the general public. Contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570-963-6590, ext. 102, or email arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org with any questions or to make a reservation.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Doug Smith performing at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton in 2014 here and 2015 here and listen to Conor O’Brien talk about acting and creating his own play in Episode 13 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: