Scranton Tomorrow, in partnership with the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards Local Committee, announced on November 8th the award of over $40,000 in community mini grants. Hospice of the Sacred Heart was awarded a $2,500 grant for “Camp Healing heARTs”, a week-long day camp that provides grief education for children ages 8 to 14. The camp helps children progress to the first steps of acceptance following the loss of a loved one. Trained bereavement counselors and members of the local arts community interact with the children using the arts as a means of self-expression.
Since its inception in 1980, the annual awards ceremony has honored outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts. Private contributions support the ceremony, reception, award objects, and related expenses. The mini grants are possible through the generous private funds that were raised for the event that took place in Scranton in August.
The 2018 awards ceremony recognized five honorees and included a special performance by Martin Guitar musicians. Immediately before the ceremony, a celebration of the region’s arts and culture took place in front of the Scranton Cultural Center on North Washington Avenue. Dubbed“Cirque du Scranton,” the showcase featured 28 different artists and cultural organizations from the greater Scranton area.
Gina Malsky, chairperson of the 2018 local committee,announced the awardees and the mini grant amounts at an event November 8th at the Lackawanna County Trolley Museum.