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Dionne Custer Edwards is a writer and educator working with youths and teachers at The Wexner Center for the Arts, where she created PAGES, a multi-visit writing-based arts program for high school students. With this program she curates and co-edits an anthology each year of student writings inspired by a year of learning experiences in and around the arts.
For nearly 20 years, Dionne has served in Central Ohio communities as an artist, educator, and advocate, focused on education and arts integration as a writer, educator, and teaching artist in K-12 education and museums. Her focus is writing, literacy, and developing arts-integrated programs that build interdisciplinary experiences.
Community-based partnerships and projects in education and the arts are commitments she integrates in her work. She has worked with many programs and organizations including Ohio Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud, Transit Arts, and Thurber House Writing Center.
She has received several awards and fellowships including a Fellowship for Emerging Women Leaders in Nonprofit from the Academy of Leadership and Governance at the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts, and in 2011, a professional leadership fellowship with Americans for the Arts.
In conjunction with her work in the arts and education, in 2012 she presented at TEDx Indianapolis with a talk titled: “Beautiful Distractions in 21st Century Learning, and most recently spoke at a conference hosted by the Council of Education Facility Planners International about design thinking, building schools in the 21st century, and the future of K-12 education.
Dionne completed a Master of Arts degree in Arts Education and Creative Writing at Antioch University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University. She lives in Columbus with her husband and three sons.
Areas of Focus Include:
Education, workshop facilitation, public speaking, arts and education program planning, development, management, arts administration, creative writing (including creative nonfiction, essay, and poetry), and professional writing