It may be just the beginning of Lackawanna College’s participation in Scranton’s First Friday events, but it’s already leaving no stone unturned.
Those on the First Friday Committee at the school are digging into the talents of their students, many of whom have never had the chance to be showcased in any form up until now, the main reason Lackawanna decided to begin its foray into First Friday.
“For a while now, a couple of the instructors, other staff, and myself have been tossing around the idea of doing something with artwork here. We don’t have an art program, but we’ve been noticing a lot of students using art as a creative outlet outside of class, so we wanted to showcase that talent,” said Director of Institutional Research Laura Duda.
“The space we have in Seeley Hall was conducive to a gallery-type setting and keeps us close to the footprint of First Friday.”
On Nov. 1, Brian Fanelli, a full-time English instructor at Lackawanna, will conduct a reading from his recently released poem collection, “All That Remains.”
“I think it’s wonderful that Lackawanna College is starting to get involved with First Friday, especially since it allows students to showcase their artwork and have a conversation about it with members of the community,” Fanelli said in a press release.
“I’m excited to be part of this, both as a faculty member and author.”
There will also be a bevy of arts that run the lines of photography, pottery, acrylic works, and floral arrangements to enjoy. Even then, the talent doesn’t stop there.
“We’ve established a relationship with POSH at the Scranton Club so that, in the future, our culinary program will be able to feature tastings and things like that through the venue,” Duda mentioned.
There will also be musical talent on hand this month, with Joey Zarick, lead guitarist and singer of Boston-based band The Indobox, set to perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
“It’s pretty much everything,” Duda said of what the college hopes to highlight for future First Fridays. “We’re not limiting the type of art to the students.”
Duda said that during the months the students are not in session, over winter break and in the summer, entry into First Friday will be open to faculty and staff so that Lackawanna can shine the spotlight on the talents of everyone at the institution.