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Festival adds interactive art activities in second year

July 17, 2014

By Caitlin Heaney West, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.



July 17--Square deal

Second Arts on the Square festival returns

to downtown Scranton next weekend

Arts on the Square visitors will have more opportunities this year to express themselves.

While the downtown Scranton festival, now in its second year, will include numerous artisans, crafters and other vendors showing off their skills and selling their wares, it also will include more interactive art activities.

"I think it's very different in all of the things we offer throughout the day," said Maureen McGuigan, deputy director of the Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture. "That there's something for everybody of all ages. You can bring your family."

More to see

The county and ScrantonMade will present the festival Saturday, July 26, from noon to 8 p.m. on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. In addition to including live music, the festival will have about the same amount of vendors as last year, more than 100. Although, Miss McGuigan pointed out, more vendors from outside the Scranton area will participate this year thanks to word of mouth.

"There will be a lot of original artists, vendors, jewelry, pottery, all kinds of arts," she said.

And the festival will be even better this year thanks to the interactive activities, Miss McGuigan said. Several city yoga studios have partnered to offer yoga on the lawn, and visitors can check out the children's art tent, live murals and sidewalk chalk drawing.

"We want people to be able to hear music and see a live mural being painted and have kids activities and those kind of experiences, too," Miss McGuigan said.

Spirited Art also will offer painting classes, which require advance registration. Those interested in taking the classes can check out the festival's Facebook page or ScrantonMade's blog, http://scrantonmade.blogspot.com, for more information, Miss McGuigan said.

The festival offers the artisans a chance to engage new audien-ces, she said, but the county wants people to think of downtown Scranton as a "special, unique place" to visit year-round. Offering the Arts on the Square festival and its December partner, Holiday on the Square, goes hand-in-hand with that mission to showcase all of the arts and businesses there, she added.

Festival growth

"We always try to connect it to downtown as a whole," Miss McGuigan said. "We think of downtown as one big place you can roam. ... This offers people a reason to come down."

Organizers estimated around 2,000 people attended last year's festival, and Miss McGuigan expects that number to grow with this second offering. She said she loves seeing the festival "emerge into this really unique premiere arts festival in Northeastern PA and seeing all of the different people coming together to make it happen.

"It's not just one thing," she said. "It's very interactive with a lot of people working hard in the community."

Contact the writer:

cheaney@timesshamrock.com,

@cheaneyTT on Twitter

If you go

What: Second Arts on the Square festival

When: Saturday, July 26, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: Lackawanna County Courthouse Square

Details: Visit or http://scrantonmade.blogspot.com.

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