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PHC to Present $50,000 Check to the Scranton Neighborhood Park Collaborative


PHILADELPHIA, June 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Humanities Council will present a$50,000 Civic Engagement Grant Award check to the Scranton Neighborhood Park Collaborative on Wednesday, July 2, at 10 a.m. in Jackson Park, located at 1304 Jackson Street in West Scranton. Led by the Scranton Area Foundation, the Collaborative, composed of 6 local non-profits, is the first recipient of PHC's new grant initiative, which targets projects that promote civic engagement. The grant will go toward the reconstruction of a public park and activities that directly engage the community in the development process; resulting in an enduring, collaboratively designed public space that reflects the values and culture of residents of West Scranton and fosters strong connections among the residents of surrounding communities.

With the aid of the Humanities Advisory Council, composed of humanities experts, artists, and museum and other informal learning professionals, the Collaborative will use humanities programs to engage Scranton residents in meaningful dialogue and ultimately to revitalize the community.

Who: Pennsylvania Humanities Council

What: PHC to Present $50,000 Check to the Scranton Neighborhood Park Collaborative

When: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Where: Jackson Park—1304 Jackson Street, West Scranton, PA 18504

Time: 10 a.m.

Presenters include:

  • Congressman Matt Cartwright and Laurie Zierer, Exec. Dir. PA Humanities Council, Presentation of Check
  • Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO, Scranton Area Foundation
  • Karin Foster, President Hyde Park Organization
  • Sondra Myers, University of Scranton

For more information about PHC's Civic Engagement Grant visit

About PHC
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is a non-profit organization and a federal-state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities for the last 40 years. PHC champions the humanities through original programming, advocacy, and humanities grants throughout the Commonwealth.