MUSEUMS + HISTORIC SITES
smithsonian institution traveling exhibition service
Develop and script "Men of Change," a new exhibition celebrating African American men.
ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM
Exhibition and event scripting and 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 new Smithsonian museum that opened on the National Mall in September 2016. The American Alliance of Museums honored her with a second text-writing award. Editorial consulting with the Office of Strategic Partnerships.
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 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 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 to reconnect students and teachers with their curiosity across disciplines.
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. Nelly Kate and Toni facilitated a workshop on Carver at the American University of Paris this past June.