‘Wake Up with the Arts’ at free breakfast and talk at Trolley Museum in Scranton on Oct. 5
From a press release:
Matthew Serio, program director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, will be the featured speaker at the free “Wake Up with the Arts” breakfast, set for Friday, Oct. 5 at the Electric City Trolley Museum on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
The ninth annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department, brings national speakers to the local community on varied arts topics of interest.
The breakfast will open with registration and a short performance by the Justin Padro Jazz Trio at 8:30 a.m.; tables will be decorated by local artists and organizations. The program will begin at 9 a.m.
Serio’s lecture at 9:30 a.m., “The State of the Arts in Pennsylvania,” will focus on arts and culture trends across the state, the challenges and opportunities the arts face in Pennsylvania, and the role of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The event is free and open to the public. Interested parties can register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 570-963-6590, ext. 106.
Serio has been in his position as program director of the PCA since 2012. He oversees the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, Entry Track, Local Arts, Presenting, and Theater grant programs. Formerly, he was director of development for Habitat for Humanity for Berks and Lancaster Counties, a program manager for the Berks Arts Council, and festival director of the Greater Reading Film Festival. He is a graduate of Kutztown University with a degree in Communication Design.
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 the tables at the event are decorated by local artists and organizations.
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 for use in enhancing the county’s quality of life. The office offers community grants, public arts programming, workshops, and lectures and oversees the operation of the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum (300 Cliff St., Scranton).