Afternoon With The Arts panel discussion scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20

For Abington Journal | August 16th, 2016 10:14 am

SCRANTON — A panel of distinguished speakers from a variety of disciplines will examine the impact of technology on the arts at the Afternoon With The Arts panel discussion.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will present an Afternoon With The Arts: Art and Technology from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in Shopland Hall on the fourth floor of the Scranton Cultural Center. The program will be followed by a reception. Both activities are free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will be moderated by arts therapist Erin Joyce and feature Cole Hastings, an artist working with 3D printing; Christine Medley, owner of Crow Designs; Box of Light Studios, an educational organization that teaches technology and creativity to children and adults; and Jason Smeltzer, a theremin player. The theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by utilizing electromagnetic waves.

The group’s discussion will center on the opportunities and challenges that changing technology brings to the arts and society. The audience is encouraged to bring their own thoughts and questions regarding the topic to be part of the dialogue.

Afternoon With The Arts is modeled after the successful Wake Up With The Arts program, an annual breakfast, now in its eighth year, that features a national arts industry speaker. The concept of Afternoon With The Arts is to integrate the arts into dialogues across multiple disciplines.

To register for the panel discussion, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570-963-6590, ext. 106, or email

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Information provided by Lackawanna County.