Dionne Custer Edwards has been in the field of the arts and education for the past 23 years. Her work at the Wex has included pioneering several groundbreaking education programs. Including Pages, an art and writing program; serving hundreds of students a year from across central Ohio. Dionne also conceptualized and developed WorldView: Global Intersections in Contemporary Art, Expanded Classroom, and Call + Response, a program engaging youths in civic engagement and social justice learning.
Embedded in her art and education practices is Dionne’s commitment to work in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. In partnership with Wex board member, Alex Shumate, Dionne helped to conceptualize and sustain the work of the Shumate Council; a group of committed Wex supporters, ambassadors, and volunteers; committed to diversity, inclusion, and access.
While at the Wex, Dionne has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including two school boards. And she has received awards and fellowships for her work in the arts, including a 12-month fellowship with Americans for the Arts, and two nominations, in 2014 and 2016, for a Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Partnership award.
Dionne has presented and been a featured speaker at several national conferences on her work and research in art education; including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art TEDx conference; where she spoke on 21st century learning.
Alongside her work in education, Dionne has published critical and literary writing, internationally and nationally in Sanat Dünyamiz (“Our Art World”), Turkey, Journal GEARTE, Brazil, and in the University of Arizona’s Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. Her poetry and nonfiction has appeared in 3Elements Review, Barren Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Flock, Gordon Square Review, Grist, Porter House Review, Storm Cellar, The Seventh Wave, Tahoma Literary Review, and others.
Dionne has a MA in Arts Education and Creative Writing, Antioch University and a BA in English, Ohio State University.