MUSEUMS + HISTORIC SITES
smithsonian institution traveling exhibition service
Exhibit development and script editing for "Men of Change," a forthcoming exhibition celebrating African American men.
Adapted and edited script of “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.” The National Museum of African American History (NMAAHC) and Culture exhibit had shown at the National Museum of American History before opening at NMAAHC. It will now tour as a poster exhibit.
Project initiative support for “The Bias Inside Us” a project for engaging and strengthening communities
Museum as site for social action (MASS Action)
Member of this resourceful community of museum workers. We actively work for systemic change toward institutional transformation and engaged visitors. Facilitated the workshop “Things Fall Apart” with Swarupa Anila and Janeen Bryant at the MASS Action convening in 2018.
ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM
Exhibit and publication development for the pathbreaking Smithsonian museum's 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 Smithsonian’s newest museum on the National Mall. The American Alliance of Museums honored her with a second text-writing award. Her editorial consulting with the museum’s Office of Strategic Partnerships is ongoing.
New Jersey state museum
Editing and consulting in her home state with historians, educators and paleontologists on the "Silver, Shell and Glass" and "Fossil Tales" exhibits
MUSEUM AT THE GATEWAY ARCH
Toni's Word-Burning Stove team wrote new exhibit text for the renovated museum at Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis. Formerly the Museum of Western Expansion, it reopened July 2018.
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 2016.
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 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.
Toni employs the arts across disciplines to reconnect students and teachers with their curiosity.
CARVER [ON] RECORD
With artist-in-residence Nelly Kate Anderson, art teacher Liz Claud, social studies teacher Sarah Marcellin, and a dynamic team of high school students, created a multi-level civil rights + arts exhibit experience in Chester, Virginia. 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 hosts us in April at “Learning Stories,” part of their Speakers Series.
Partners in the Arts at the University of Richmond
Partners in the Arts 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