"I like her style. It crackles. She consistently surprises with her word choices, her tone, and wit."
Charles Johnson, National Book Award winner and MacArthur fellow

Arts educator, poet, and museum consultant Toni Wynn creates inspired opportunities for learning. Toni brings a poet’s truthtelling and an educator’s respect for learners to her work.

Toni publishes her poems in limited-edition collections of many sizes. Much of her writing is searchable online and featured in anthologies. From time to time she happily muses on the vagaries of motherhood at Call Your Mother.

A third-generation Jersey girl (Let's go Mets), Toni formally studied international relations, social welfare, marketing, and instructional technology. She is a trained conflict manager who supports the best in us all. 

 

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.

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.

SCOTCHTOWN

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.

HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE

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.

ARTS EDUCATION

Toni employs the arts to reconnect students and teachers with their curiosity across disciplines. Are you doing this, too? Toni is here for you. 

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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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.

 

PRESS + LINKS

MUSEUMS

VISUAL ART + POETRY