MUSEUMS + HISTORIC SITES
ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM
Online exhibit, publication, and video development and scripting for Anacostia 50, the Smithsonian museum's event-filled 50th anniversary year.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
Toni helped give shape and voice to the permanent "Cultural Expressions" exhibit for the new Smithsonian museum, to open in September 2016. Editorial work with the Office of Community and Constituent Services is ongoing.
MUSEUM OF WESTERN EXPANSION—GATEWAY ARCH
Toni's Word-Burning Stove LLC team wrote new exhibit text for the renovated museum at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis.
CARVER [ON] RECORD
With artist-in-residence Nelly Kate Anderson and a dynamic team of high school students and teachers, created a multi-level civil rights + arts exhibit experience in Chester, Virginia. Elements of the installation are now a permanent part of the school.
BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER OF VIRGINIA
As advisor to the board, Toni guided the museum's traveling exhibitions. BHM opened in the historic Leigh Street Armory in Richmond in May.
NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
Historian Hasan Jeffries, Ph.D, and Toni worked together with Dr. Stephanie Shaw and the NCRM staff on a new exhibit script for the landmark museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE
Toni completed exhibit text for the new Hangar Two exhibit at historic Moton Field in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen lived and trained at the site, moving what began as "the Tuskegee Experiment" forward into World War II and history as "the Tuskegee Experience." Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
OLD SLAVE MART MUSEUM
Toni wrote interpretive text for a daring new history museum on the domestic slave trade in Charleston. The museum is celebrated for its unsentimental telling of the story of Ryan’s Mart, a slave market, from three perspectives.
AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND NATIONAL MONUMENT AND HISTORIC SITE
Toni's work as lead exhibit writer for the African Burial Ground Visitor Center garnered a 2010 text writing award from the American Association of Museums. Toni interpreted in writing the rediscovered history of the Africans who helped build New York. The cemetery is located in lower New York, near Wall Street.
Preservation Virginia staff identified the need to revise docent training at the former plantation home of statesman Patrick Henry, his family, and domestic and field workers. Toni shaped a more inclusive, culturally sensitive program, and met with community members about their connection to Scotchtown.
Toni workshopped research findings in 17th c. Virginia history with African American community stakeholders in her work on the permanent exhibitions at Jamestown. With her guidance, a national review team ensured cultural sensitivity on all interpretive plans, research methods, and content. Historic Jamestowne
TWO FOR LITTLE RIVER : A tiny limited edition letterpress folio to celebrate the first Little River Poetry Festival
KEHINDE WILEY: A NEW REPUBLIC OPENS SATURDAY AT VMFA : Profile of the artist and exhibit for Richmond Free Press
BLACK NATURE : Editor Camille T. Dungy calls this an "introduction to a new way of thinking about nature writing and writing by black Americans." The first in my brown girl's nature poem cycle is published here.
POECOLOGY : Inaugural issue! An online journal of poems inspired by the natural world (and caring for it).
TOAD : Three poems in Toad
MATH INTO VISUAL ART INTO MATH INTO POETRY AND LEAH GILLIAM AT WORK AT PLAY : Encounters with math artist John Sims and his maths-art exhibit series at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York; for the "Innovation" issue of the International Review of African American Art. Media artist and educator Leah Gilliam is profiled, too.
GROUND : Fifteen poems about the Earth and us. Hand bound, letterpress book art collaboration with Shakespeare Press Museum. Numbered limited edition available.
RECKONING : Portfolio collaboration with visual artist Barry Ebner. Eleven poems and images tell a family’s story of domestic violence. Numbered limited edition of 21.
THE PLACE WITHIN WHERE THE UNIVERSE RESIDES : Letterpress chapbook of poems. Shakespeare Press Museum, San Luis Obispo, California.