BY BOBBY BRIER

Northeast Pennsylvania’s children will soon discover the colors of their community and beyond.

“PAlette: Exploring the Colors of Pennsylvania,” a five-episode children’s web series for viewers ages 9 through 12, centers on art in the community. The web series will be hosted by Jolie Cook, an 11-year-old Scranton actress, who plays artist Patty Pastel in the program. She will explore Scranton with her multi-colored cat, Taffy.

Local actors, artists and businesses also will be featured on the show.

Luz Cabrales, the creator of “PAlette: Exploring the Colors of Pennsylvania” and co-founder of Scranton Films alongside Julian Santos and Carissima Hodovanec, said the show is a combination of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Sesame Street” and “Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting.”

“Well, I hope that people, especially the children, will be able to see the arts as a creative … outlet. …They can also express their feelings and learn about the arts and also their community,” Cabrales said. “What (it) truly is to be part of a community that helps each other. … I think we should all be, you know, willing to help our neighbor out and I hope that this … series will be one of those that inspires kids or inspires parents to show something to their children in a creative way and to spark imagination.”

Cabrales applied for the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department’s COVID-19 community grant. She also pitched “PAlette” to the department. The grant was approved and the web series is set to be released in 2022.

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