Dionne Custer Edwards is a writer, educator, and the Director of Learning & Public Practice at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Her work in the arts and education spans 25 years, including nearly two decades at the Wex where she pioneered several groundbreaking education programs that include Pages, an art and writing program serving hundreds of high school students a year from across central Ohio.
Recognized for her contributions to the field and to public service, Dionne has received acknowledgment and awards that include professional fellowships with Americans for the Arts, the Jefferson Center for the Arts, and a Greater Columbus Arts Council Arts Partnership Award for Arts Educator of the Year. Dionne also volunteers throughout the community and serves on regional and national boards including Arts Midwest and Ohioana Library.
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 have 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 is co-editor of a book series, forthcoming, to be published by Ohio State University Press, On Possibility: Social Change and the Arts + Humanities.
Dionne has a MA in Arts Education and Creative Writing, Antioch University and a BA in English, The Ohio State University.