Let’s Make learning easier and more meaningful.
Toni Wynn brings a poet’s truthtelling and an educator’s respect for learners to her work.
As a writer and editor, she sees big and small to craft inspired opportunities for learning. Toni’s writing lives in museums, anthologies, works of book-art, and scholarly articles. From time to time she muses at Call Your Mother.
Toni formally studied international relations, social welfare, and instructional technology. She is a trained conflict manager who supports social justice and the best in us all.
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Museums & Exhibit Development
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE—SMITHSONIAN, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Gives shape and voice to the permanent Cultural Expressions exhibit. “Gestures of Solidarity”, won a American Alliance of Museums text award. Editorial consulting with the museum’s Office of Strategic Partnerships is ongoing.
Museum as site for social action (MASS Action)
Member of this resourceful community that works for systemic change toward institutional transformation. Contributor to the Toolkit, a guide for inciting and managing growth and equity in museums. Facilitated the “Things Fall Apart” workshop with Swarupa Anila and Janeen Bryant at the 2018 convening at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
MUSEUM AT THE GATEWAY ARCH — St. Louis, MISSOURI
Toni's Word-Burning Stove team developed exhibit text for the 45,000 square foot renovation opened July 2018.
AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND NATIONAL MONUMENT AND HISTORIC SITE
Lead exhibit writing for the African Burial Ground Visitor Center garnered a text-writing award from the American Association of Museums in 2010. Toni interpreted the rediscovered history of the Africans who helped build New York. The cemetery is located in lower Manhattan, near Wall Street.
NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM—MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Historian Hasan Jeffries, Ph.D, and Toni worked together with Dr. Stephanie Shaw and the NCRM staff on exhibit script about the landmark museum at the Lorraine Motel.
smithsonian institution traveling exhibition service
Exhibit development, script editing, and digital copy for "Men of Change," a celebration of African American men.
Adapted and edited script from NMAAHC’s “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” to tour as a poster exhibit.
OLD SLAVE MART MUSEUM—CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Text interpreting the domestic slave trade. This daring museum is celebrated for its unsentimental telling of the story of Ryan’s Mart, a slave market, from three perspectives.
New Jersey state museum
Editing and consulting in her home state with historians and educators on “Silver Shell Glass: A History of Native American Beadwork,” a temporary exhibition about making and using beads. Text editing and exhibit development with staff paleontologists on "Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey" a long-term exhibit for kids (and their adults) who love dinosaurs.
Grow in peace.
Reconnecting students and teachers with their curiosity.
CARVER [ON] RECORD—Chester, Virginia
Civil rights + arts exhibit experience created with artist-in-residence Nelly Kate Anderson, art teacher Liz Claud, social studies teacher Sarah Marcellin, and a dynamic team of high school students. Elements of the installation are now a permanent part of the school. We’ve facilitated Carver workshops at MuseumNEXT and at the Arts in Society conference in Paris. The University of Richmond hosted our team in April 2019 at “Learning Stories,” part of their Speakers Series.
College of William & Mary
Designed and facilitated visual arts-based workshops “Call and Response” and “Literacy of the Spirit.” Hosted by Professor Hermine Pinson for her Africana Studies and English undergraduates.
Corcoran Gallery of Art + Howard University
“Only Connect” Inner Visions: Full Circle Symposium Presenter and panelist at symposium based on the socially topical visual arts exhibition 30 Americans.
PARTNERS IN THE ARTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND—Virginia
Joan Oates Institute (JOI): Toni's "Jazzing STEM" professional development musical workshop with Russell Wilson's jazz quartet
For JOI 2016: Community and Art Installation workshop with Michael K. Lease of VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art