Mitchell Rasor, principal of MRLD Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, a professor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at Maine College of Art (MECA), will be the main speaker at the “Wake Up With the Arts Breakfast,” scheduled for Friday, October 6, at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, on the property of Steamtown National Historic Site from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

The ninth annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, brings national speakers to the community on varied arts topics of interest.

Following the presentation there will be a 90-minute interactive workshop led by Mr. Rasor focusing on solutions to urban and environmental issues specific to Lackawanna County. It will run from 11 AM - 12:30 PM and is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required.

The breakfast will open with a short performance by classical guitarist Jay Stevesky, who has participated in many Lackawanna County Arts and Culture programs.

Mr. Rasor’s lecture, Street Urbanism: Reframing the 21st Century City, will focus on topics related to how the arts can be used to create better urban spaces, as well as help with environmental challenges. His talk will draw from his over 20 years of experience in the fields of landscape architecture and urban design.

Mitchell is a licensed Landscape Architect and has had an active studio/installation art practice for 30 years. At the Maine College of Art, he teaches classes in the areas of urban ecology, landscape theory, urban design, and social practice.

In addition to his classroom work, Mitchell has been a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Maine Research Computing Group and a critic and speaker at such institutions as Bowdoin College, Bates College, the University of Virginia, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

He also writes, lectures, and curates on issues related to landscape architecture, urban design, economic development, environmental art, mobility, location efficiency, green infrastructures, and social housing.

Since its inception, the arts breakfast has served as a creative networking event, focusing on educating, motivating and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses and agencies to enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County’s communities.

It showcases also the artistic talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania, due to the fact that the tables at the event are decorated by local artists and organizations.

The “Wake up with the Arts Breakfast” and workshop is free and open to the public. Interested parties can register by emailing arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org or calling 570.963.6590, ext. 106.