As 2021 is coming to a close, we wanted to make sure we took some time to thank all of the artists and community that have been making First Friday Scranton’s monthly events, even in some new formats, an incredible experience. Like all organizations in recent times, we have learned a lot of lessons about how to keep growing, even as the landscape shifts. Over the last two years, we have added some new dimensions to our event. This is mostly due to the need to change our format while we waited for our event to be safe for everyone, as well as a number of them highlighting new pockets of talents that we might not have otherwise had an opportunity to meet.
Last year we started on a virtual event experience. This allowed our community’s artists to have an outlet to share their work even while we couldn’t be together physically. You can find those exhibits here if you didn’t have a chance to see them. Between April and June of 2020, we had 39 artists and groups share their work. In addition, they shared with us some of their inspiration, their work process, and more about themselves as artists. This turned out to be a catalyst for us to reconnect with artists to amplify not only their work but their inspiration and processes. We loved learning about our local artists, so be sure to look for more of their stories as we enter 2022.