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Lackawanna County issues call to artists for Art in the Park children’s events in July

Lackawanna County issues call to artists for Art in the Park children’s events in July
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From a press release:

Lackawanna County is seeking visual and performing artists who enjoy working with children ages 4-12 to be a part of the Art in the Park program and ARTS Engage Day this summer.

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.

The 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 and think inexpensive, creative, and easy supplies.

ARTS Engage Day will be held inside the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton. Tables and chairs will be provided.

Art in the Park schedule:

Tuesday, July 7: Merli-Sarnoski Park, Greenfield Twp., 10 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, July 14: Covington Park, Covington Twp., 10 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, July 21: Aylesworth Park, Jermyn, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, July 28: McDade Park, Scranton, 10 a.m.-noon

Thursday, July 30: ARTS Engage Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 10 a.m.-noon

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

If you have worked at Art in the Park or ARTS Engage Day in the past and have done the same activity two years in a row, the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department asks that a new activity be provided, as many people return to these programs.

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

Proposals are reviewed by the Art in the Park committee. Selected individuals will receive a letter with instructions and a call from a committee member by late May.

Applications must be completed on the county’s website and submitted by Friday, April 24. Applications received prior to this date will be given preferential consideration.

Direct any questions to or call 570-963-6590, ext. 106.