This year has taken an unexpected toll on the Arts industry, not only here in Scranton, but throughout the world. As we embark on our annual campaign, we kindly ask that you consider making a donation to help sustain this organization so we can ensure that our beautiful and historic building is able to eagerly open its doors again soon.
Dear Friend of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple,
Have you ever taken a moment to think about how much art you consume throughout your day, whether it’s listening to your favorite music or podcast, enjoying television or film, reading a book, or even simply scrolling through social media? We so often forget that the Arts are all around us, all the time – a vibrant thread that binds us together, even when we’re apart.
This year has taken an unexpected toll on the Arts industry, not only here in Scranton, but throughout the world. With the safety of our patrons and communities as the highest priority as well as numerous guidelines and restrictions, in-person programs and events are at a minimum. Entertainment venues near and far, including the Scranton Cultural Center, are working tirelessly to navigate these challenges, from offering virtual programming opportunities, operating with reduced staff and stretching limited yet valuable resources as far as possible. Like many other Arts organizations, the Scranton Cultural Center proudly serves as a regional economic driver, generating more than six million dollars and up to 110 jobs annually in Lackawanna County. Without a doubt, these current circumstances will have an impact on revenue throughout our entire community.
As we embark on our annual campaign, we kindly ask that you consider making a donation to help sustain the ongoing operations, restoration and programming of our organization so we can ensure that our beautiful and historic building is able to eagerly open its doors again soon. While so much about the future remains uncertain, there’s one thing we do know: the Arts community is resilient, and through this adversity, with generous supporters like you, it will return stronger than ever.
We look forward to welcoming you back safely to the Scranton Cultural Center as soon as we can so we can enjoy the beauty of the Arts just as they were meant to be enjoyed: together.
With extreme gratitude,
|John J. Murray||Deborah Moran Peterson|
|Board of Directors|
90th Anniversary Project Campaign: Elevator
We ask for your assistance with our annual campaign.
This year's ask is quite significant and different than the past. We are asking for your help with a specific project fund: our elevators.
In 2020 we will be embarking on the 90th Anniversary of the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral building and our elevators are original equipment. They were updated to be used without an operator several years ago, however, that update did not include any of the hardware that carries our patrons from floor to floor (at that time there were no mechanical problems). As you may have noticed of late, we are down to one operating elevator.
The total cost to repair this equipment has been estimated at $300,000. We have secured a generous donation of $125,000 from the Masonic Lodges that utilize the building for their meetings and we are most appreciative. Their donation still leaves us with a $175,000 gap that we need to fill to bring this project to fruition. If our other elevator stops working we will be in a dire situation.
We are in the process of working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to continue bringing our theatre back to its luster of years past. We are well on our way for sure. That process is going to take time and begins with roof repair and work its way down to the theater repair. The elevator is a necessary part of all of this!
We need your help!
Please consider a contribution for this worthy project. It will be deeply appreciated and will assist us making this 90th Anniversary a special year for the “Center of Arts and Entertainment in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
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Standing Tall as a Hub for the Arts,
Education and Community Activities
Make a Profound and Lasting Impact on our Region
We welcome over 80,000 people each year. We are host to many charitable events including the Friends of the Poor annual Thanksgiving dinner and the Family to Family Holiday Food Basket program. We are proud to offer extensive children’s performing arts programming and serve as home base for national Broadway productions and many concerts, lectures, dance recitals and other entertainment. We are also a sought-after destination for families’ most treasured celebrations.
Confident that you’ve been impressed in many ways by the building and its programs, we ask that you please make a gift to our Annual Campaign today to preserve one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most definitive cultural resources. You can truly help our Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple make a profound and lasting impact on our region and its citizens.
Make a Contribution to the Building Restoration, Rejuvenatiion and Operation Fund
The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is a national, historic and architectural treasure in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Originally built as the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, the building is a significant example of the work of Raymond M. Hood, a prominent architect of the 1920's and early 1930's, and is a unique example of Neo-Gothic architecture in Scranton.
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Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
420 North Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA, 18503
A Lasting Impact
Make a Sustaining Contribution
Years before architect Raymond Hood spearheaded design of New York’s Rockefeller Center, he applied his Art Deco style to our venerable Masonic Temple in Scranton. Today, our beloved Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple stands tall and proud as a hub for arts, education and community activities.
The building was formally dedicated in May 1930. The robust steel framework is ornately clad in coursed ashlars of Indiana limestone. Like many complex and intricate architectural structures, time has taken its toll, and we face the enormous physical and financial challenges of restoring, modernizing and operating this treasure. The 188,000 square foot edifice houses two theaters, public and Masonic meeting rooms and event spaces, a grand ballroom, as well as numerous other offices, rooms and areas. The building demands about $20,000 in weekly operational costs. It’s a daunting expense, however, our dedicated staff, board of directors, Masonic brethren and the community remain committed to keeping the doors open.
Matthew F. Flynn Scholarship Fund
In 2014, the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple began to embark on an ambitious endeavor to engage children all across Northeastern Pennsylvania. The SCC is continuing to develop programming and retrofit various spaces in the building to create a dedicated performing arts center, perfect for children to explore a variety of artistic activities, kicking off with our Summer Arts Academy Camps June through August. By contributing to the Matthew Flynn Memorial Scholarship Fund, you ensure that no child will be denied the opportunity to explore their artistic passion or study with professional artists due to his or her family's economic status. Please support the effort to transform the lives of area children through the magic of the Arts in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
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Scranton Cultural Center Financial Information
IRS Form 990 Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Scranton Cultural Center IRS Form 990 Year Ending June 30, 2020.pdf
IRS Form 990 Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Scranton Cultural Center IRS Form 990 Year Ending June 30, 2019.pdf
IRS Form 990 Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Scranton Cultural Center IRS Form 990 Year Ending June 30, 2018.pdf
IRS Form 990 Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Scranton Cultural Center IRS Form 990 Year Ending June 30, 2017.pdf
IRS Form 990 Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Scranton Cultural Center IRS Form 990 Year Ending June 30, 2016.pdf