Stories In My Backyard

The Voices of Black Womxn and Girls

Founded by Kyra Williams, SIMBY is a Philadelphia based arts, education and social change nonprofit that provides online and in-person learning to Black womxn and girls through arts workshops, community events, and creative content. We believe in the power of Black storytelling, amplifying Black femxle voices and tapping into our imagination for liberation.  Our goal is to create social awareness and action through art, discussions, and environments that tackle social justice issues impacting our livelihood. We’re molding creative social change agents of the future and uplifting the change makers of today. Starting this fall, we've officially partnered with the Philadelphia School District's TV Station (PSTV) to host virtual workshops for Black womxn and girls ages 13-24.

November 2020

SIMBY Essentials: iPhone Photography

This will be SIMBY's first six week online workshop, targeted towards high school Black girls looking to share the world through their eyes using the camera in their pockets; their iPhones. Photographers Kyra Williams and Ruby Johnston are two Black femxle educators and the creators of this workshop. With their guidance, these students will walk away from this program adding more #BlackGirlMagic into the media world. And while doing so, they'll also be celebrating the #BlackGirlMagic that exists in their backyard, not just the public figures they idolize.

KYRA

WILLIAMS

Multimedia Content Creator
Workshop Co-Instructor
Founder & President of SIMBY

RUBY

JOHNSTON

Photographer & Videographer
Workshop Co-Instructor
Advocate for Arts Education

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