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"Colors Of Us" Guidelines

In an effort to do our part in the stand against racial injustices in America, we are coordinating a collaborative project to raise funds for donation to organizations that support this cause. 

We at Lil' Balikbayan, Fil-Am Learners, and Fil-Am Fam believe that the foundation of society is the family unit and find purpose in promoting a thriving home and family life through education and enrichment.  We believe that equipping and empowering the next generation to make positive contributions to society is our responsibility as parents and our legacy.  

With the recent uprisings throughout the U.S., we are learning just how imperative it is to have conversations with our children about race, teaching them to embrace diversity and live harmoniously in a multi-cultural world.  One of the institutions we have chosen to support is Embrace Race (embracerace.org), an organization that provides resources for parents to teach their children about race.  We also believe that women, especially mothers, are the heart of the home, therefore we especially support the mental health and self-care of homemakers.  In alignment with this fundamental, we have also chosen to support The Loveland Foundation (thelovelandfoundation.org), which provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.  And lastly, we want to recognize the tremendous diversity that lies within our homeland of the Philippines as well with our support going towards Project Katutubong Pilipino (https://www.katutuboproject.org/ ), a long-term documentary project showcasing the beauty and depth of Philippine indigenous cultures and highlighting the many environmental and social issues these groups are currently facing.

The means by which we plan to support these three organizations is through funds raised from a multi-cultural children's coloring book project we are launching called "Colors of Us - A Coloring Book Inspiring Unity in Diversity".  

The product will consist of a digital download coloring book that is a compilation of the works of several artists such as yourself.  The digital coloring book will be paired with Crayola's multicultural line of crayons, colored pencils, and markers consisting of shades that represent assorted skin tones.

 

Illustration Elements:

The theme is "Unity in Diversity" and below is a list of the components we are requesting for each coloring page:

-Black and white image (ideal for coloring in) 

-Designed to fit 8.5 x 11" paper size, portrait orientation 

-Family-friendly image

-Features a variety of people, preferably children and/or families

-(Optional) The design may include text (if you feel inclined to use relevant keywords from the quotes or words found at the bottom of this post or want to portray a story, caption, or directions). 

-As you design, keep in mind that a variety of coloring tools may be used - crayons, colored pencils and markers

-See quotes and keywords below to inspire your page design

-Due by Tuesday, 6/30 (A Link with Submission Instructions will be sent to you after you confirm your participation in this project).

Contributor Credit

We want to showcase and highlight the beautiful work of the contributing illustrators. If you would like to be given credit, you may sign your name and/or add your logo to the bottom right corner of the page, and also submit a separate file with a brief bio of about 4-5 sentences about you, your work , and where people can find you if they want to reach out (e.g. social media, e-mail, website, etc.). A dedicated section in the book will list all of the contributors of the coloring book. 

Interested in Being A Part of This?

If you would like to take part in this collaboration, please let us know ASAP by sending an e-mail to hello@lilbalikbayan.com or sending a DM on Instagram, @lilbalikbayan.  You are welcome to submit more than one page if you would like, and if you know any other artists that may be interested in participating, please forward this message to them and/or let us know.  Our plan is to deliver this product early July.  The coloring tools will ship to customers and access to the digital coloring books (through lilbalikbayan.com) will be sent out.  We are planning to price the product at around $25 each with free shipping in the U.S. and 100% of the profits will go to the organizations mentioned above.

We hope this collaboration and its cause resonates with you, and we would be so blessed to have you take part in this unique and meaningful project.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments.

Thank you very much! Maraming Salamat!

Julie & Michele 

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QUOTES:

“The color of your heart is more important than the color of your skin.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

 

“The world's most beautiful colors are not seen by the eyes, but by the soul.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

 

"Diversity, in every sense, makes our world a better place."

Laurie Buchanan, PhD

 

“Diversity doesn't look like anyone. It looks like everyone.” Karen Draper

 

"There's no beauty without difference and diversity. Love unconditionally."

Rasheed Ogunlaru

 

“The world's most beautiful color is love.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

 

“No matter the color of anyone's skin, it's not just the outside - it's what is within.”

Sherrill S. Cannon

 

“When a rainbow spreads across the sky it is reminding the world that beauty comes in all colors.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

 

"We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."

Jimmy Carter

 

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values.”

Kofi Annan Former Secretary General of the United Nations

 

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength”

Maya Angelou

 

"Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same."

Angelina Jolie

 

“Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity”

Robert Alan

 

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.” Mahatma Ghandi

 

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

Jacqueline Woodson

 

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” 

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 

“The true color of one person is not determined by skin, but by the behavior in it.”

Giovannie de Sadeleer

 

“You are not just white, but a rainbow of colors. You are not just black, but golden. You are not just a nationality, but a citizen of the world.” 

Suzy Kassem

 

Keywords:

Unity

Diversity

Multi-Cultural

Love

Respect

Inclusive 

Equality

Movement

Peace

Freedom

Justice

Honor