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Representation. Storytelling. Media Arts Education.

OUR MISSION

Starting with photography, Stories In My Backyard (SIMBY) is a nonprofit that provides Black youth access to culturally relevant media arts education, led by Black instructors, for the social, emotional, and professional development of the next generation of Black storytellers.

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OUR VISION

Through online and in-person learning as well as educational content development, we aim to rejuvenate arts programming within formal and informal educational settings that overlook our youth’s natural investment in the media arts.

 

In this work, we also aim to motivate Black youth to define and reach their full potential by providing a sense of belonging that’s missing in their current learning experiences.

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KEY DATA

  • 79% of teachers across the United States in the 2017-2018 school year were white and “in schools where the majority of students were not white, the majority of teachers tended to be white” (National Center for Education Statistics).

  • 90% of the 220 Philadelphia School District schools had full-time art or music education and some had none according to a 2017 study (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

    • 14% of these schools had access to the media arts.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your support helps us plant seeds of belonging while providing media arts education to students in Philadelphia and beyond. Donate, volunteer, or join our team today to help us continue our mission.

OUR TEAM

Meet the passionate and dedicated team behind SIMBY, including our founder, cofounder, instructors, and board members.

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PHILADELPHIA AND BEYOND

We work in partnership with the Philadelphia School District's TV Station (PSTV) and we look forward to impacting other communities in the future. 

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR 2024

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Black Music City Grant

As an inaugural recipient in 2021, our founder Kyra Williams has once again been selected as a Black Music City grantee by REC Philly, WXPN, and WRTI! These funds will support the 2024 iteration of our traveling photo exhibit, SIMBY Presents: The Voices of Sisterly Affection, which honors Philly's Black music herstory from Billie Holiday to Tierra Whack.

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Black Music City Showcase

To celebrate the 2024 Black Music City grantees and their projects honoring Philly's Black music history, there will be a showcase at World Cafe Live on Juneteenth: June 19, 2024 at 6 pm ET. 

More details to come.

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Parkway Central
Free Library

In partnership with The Philadelphia School District’s TV Station (PSTV) and The Parkway Central Free Library, this fall SIMBY Presents: The Voices of Sisterly Affection will be on display in front of the Library's Teen Center where we will provide culturally relevant youth photo programming led by Black photographers.

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SIMBY Presents: The Voices of Sisterly Affection By Kyra Williams