Cultural Change Agent Tracy Ann Simmonds Releases The Vision Project Coloring Book To Celebrate Black Girls and Women
According to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), only 29% of books about African/African American people were by Black authors/illustrators.
Tracy Ann Simmonds looks to add to those statistics with the release of her coloring book The Vision Project.
She is the C.E.O. of Innovative Arts Photography, an enthusiastic Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer in South Florida.
Her artistic background spreads the gamut from Professional Dance and Performing Arts Educator to Jewelry Designer and Painter while also authoring Miami Culture Maven, a cultural fashion and lifestyle blog highlighting talented people & organizations who are following their dreams.
The coloring pages are drawings of Black girls and women with mandalas included as well as African symbolism to activate pride in the culture of the African Diaspora.
The book’s goals include instilling self-esteem and self-efficacy in Black girls and women.
“I believe an undoubtedly important aspect, with regards to healing women of color, is to provide vivid visuals by designing iconic images that embrace natural Afrocentric beauty,” state Tracy Ann.
Source: South Florida Carribbean News
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