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2022-2023 Annual Campaign


Dear Friend of the Scranton Cultural Center,

As we close out one year and prepare to welcome another, we are once again filled with gratitude by the ongoing generosity from people like you. Our doors are open, programs and events are in full swing, and we are so frequently reminded just how important our magnificent facility is to each of you.

Your generous support has helped make many improvements to our facility during the last year. The planned upgrades to our security and internal communications systems are underway, as well as improvements to restrooms throughout the building. This was made possible with not only your contributions, but also matching funds from both the Scranton Area Community Foundation and Act 71 Local Share Account (LSA) funds in Monroe County. We're proud of our progress, but there's still much more work to be done.

As we emerged from adversity, poised to rebuild and resume operations, we faced rising costs - just like everyone else in our community. The County of Lackawanna has also faced its share of challenges, causing budgetary cuts across the board. This resulted in an unexpected decrease of $90,000 in our annual funding. We are grateful to the county for its support throughout the years, but this loss means we really need your support more than ever this year to help close the gap and make up this difference.

Just like you, we believe the sec is an irreplaceable part of the fabric of our community. We play a vital role in supporting the local economy, as our programming and events attract nearly 100,000 people into downtown Scranton annually. Perhaps, even more important than the positive economic impact of the sec is the role we play in providing accessible, affordable arts and culture to Arts enthusiasts of all ages. Please consider contributing to our Annual Campaign if you are in a position to do so. If you prefer to make your gift online, please Click Here.

Thank you in advance for your continued generosity. We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and hope you will consider joining us for one of our many upcoming holiday events! For a full schedule, Click Here.

With gratitude,

John J. Murray Deborah Moran Peterson
President Executive Director
Board of Directors  



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Annual Campaign

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
Attention: Development
420 North Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA, 18503

A Lasting Impact
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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.

Click the Donate Button to make a contribution to the Scranton Cultural Center Matthew F. Flynn Scholarship Fund. Please note that you Do Not have to have a Paypal account to proceed. Once you click Donate, enter the amount of your contribution and scroll down to the credit card images to click continue to pay with your credit card. Thank you for your contribution.