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More Than 20 Organizations Benefit From Arts Mini-grants

November 12, 2018

Hospice of the Sacred Heart and the Scranton Shakespeare Festival are among more than 20 area organizations to receive one-time grants with money leftover from the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony held in Scranton in August. For local organizers, the honor of hosting the prestigious awards ceremony came with the responsibility of fundraising for the events. The local host committee and Scranton Tomorrow, the nonprofit that administratively lead the fundraising, had more than $40,000 left over to fund a series of grants recently announced. The arts and culture mini-grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 each and benefit organizations in both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. “These organizations are what make our communities great here,” said Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Director Maureen McGuigan, adding all of the grant recipients enrich the area. Hospice of the Sacred Heart, for example, will use its $2,500 mini-grant to support “Camp Healing heARTS,” a week-long day camp held each August that uses the arts to help children between the ages of 8 and 14 manage grief. The program brings together trained bereavement counselors, children who have lost loved ones and community artists of various disciplines, from painting and photography to song and dance, to demonstrate how art can help one overcome a painful loss. “The goal is then to have something that they might latch onto that would help them express their grief,” Hospice of the Sacred Heart Chief Executive Officer Diane Baldi said. “It’s all these local artists and they bring their best to help the kids.” The Scranton Shakespeare Festival will use its $1,500 award to defray the cost of its upcoming season, which kicks off next summer. Katie Gilmartin, chairman of the festival’s board, was not yet prepared to announce what shows will make up the season, but said the money means a lot. “This is a wonderful surprise,” Gilmartin said of the grant. “For us to be able to begin our season of free theater on a solid financial footing is wonderful and things like this make us able to budget and prepare and really know where we stand.” Other mini-grant recipients are: Verve Vertu Art Studio, $5,000; Scranton Tomorrow, $3,000; Hazleton Integration Project, $2,500; Iron Works, $2,500; Arts Alive, $2,500; AFA, $2,500; The Choral Society, $2,000; Story Slam, $2,000; Social Fabric, $2,000; Walk Unafraid, $1,500; North Pocono Cultural Society, $1,500; Diva Theater at the Olde Brick, $1,500; Classical Guitar Society, $1,500; F.M. Kirby Center, $1,000; Keystone College, $1,000; King’s College, $1,000; Creative & Performing Arts Academy, $1,000; Sardoni Art Gallery, $1,000; The Greenhouse Project, $1,000; The Lyric Consort, $1,000; Scranton Jazz Festival, $1,000; Greater Hazleton Concert Series, $1,000. Contact the writer: jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter

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