Art museum chooses author Darlene Taylor as Aminah Robinson’s first writing resident
The Columbus Museum of Art has selected its first writing resident Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Darlene Taylor, author and lecturer at Howard University.
Taylor, who is a sophomore at the University of Washington, D.C., has a passion for literary citizenship and social justice that stems from a career in public policy, global corporate communications and philanthropy, said announced an announcement on Monday.
The residency, which honors beloved Columbus artist Aminah Robinson, offers Taylor $15,000 in cash and a 90-day retreat at the late Robinson’s newly renovated home on the Near East Side.
Robinson died in 2015 at the age of 75, leaving her home and estate to the museum, which spent $200,000 repairing the structure to house working artists such as Taylor.
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During her residency at the Columbus Museum, Taylor said she planned to expand a short published prose poem into a longer narrative structure and create a hand-stitched textile panel. The writing project explores the stories of women and girls and their journeys through emotional and physical geographies.
Taylor was chosen from a national pool of African-American writers by a panel of jurors, which included Hanif Abdurraqib, poet, essayist, and cultural critic; Lisa Collins, art historian and essayist Robinson; Carole Genshaft, General Curator of the Columbus Museum; Angela Pace, journalist; Amelia Robinson, Opinion and Community Engagement Editor of the Columbus Dispatch and; Michael Rosen, writer and contributor to the book Robinson.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Darlene Taylor is Aminah Robinson’s Resident at the Columbus Museum of Art