~ Local Art Student Provides Illustrations~
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, October 10, 2014 – The Department of Tourism is pleased to announce the release of a new activity book for young stranded passengers called “Follow Mocko Thru the USVI.” The colorful, fun-filled book was illustrated by Virgin Islands native Makeda Joseph, winner of the DOT sponsored poster contest for the 60th Anniversary of Carnival.
“Each activity in the book is a teachable moment on Virgin Islands history and culture,” said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism. “While the book was primarily created to give youngsters something to do when flights are delayed at the airport, the activity book has already been used in our marketing efforts most recently at the Atlanta Braves event where it was a real hit.”
The DOT began working with Ms. Joseph on the book after she graduated from high school. She currently attends Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, majoring in graphic design with a minor in illustration. “I am so proud of this book and want to thank the Department of Tourism for allowing me to be such an important part of this exciting project,” said Makeda Joseph. “I had such fun creating the illustrations.”
The book includes short introductions on each island as well as locally inspired word games, hidden object searches, coloring pages, a postcard and a temporary tattoo of the DOT logo. In addition to stranded passengers, the book will be distributed during Tourism presentations to schools throughout the territory.
The Department will have copies available at our new Welcome Center on Kronprindsens Gade for young visitors and residents who wish to have a copy.