Dionne Custer Edwards is a writer and arts educator working in education programming at The Wexner Center for the Arts, where she created Pages, an arts and writing program. She also developed WorldView: Global Intersections in Contemporary Art and Open Door, a program engaging arts and youth activism. For nearly 20 years, Dionne has served in central Ohio communities focused on education and arts integration in K-12 schools, arts and cultural institutions, and the community. Her work and interests are writing, literacy, and developing arts-integrated programs and interdisciplinary learning experiences.
She has partnered with many programs and organizations including Ohio Arts Council, Maroon Arts Group, Transit Arts, and Thurber House Writing Center—and served on several nonprofit boards. She has received awards and fellowships for her work in the arts, and in 2014 and 2016 was nominated for a Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Partnership award.
In conjunction with her work in the arts and education, she presented in Indianapolis, a TEDx talk titled:Beautiful Distractions in 21st Century Learning, and recently spoke in New Orleans at the National Art Education Association on her research and work with the Pages program.
For several years, she was a contributing writer for Alive, has published creative writing, essays, and articles, and recently published an essay, translated in English and Turkish, Inside Outside: On Creative Practice and Arts Partnership in Sanat Dünyamiz (“Our Art World”). In 2015, she was featured on The Ohio Channel’s Book Notes, a series featuring writers living and working in Ohio.
She consults regularly on creative projects, teaches and performs, and writes online at lifeandwrite.com. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, three sons, and a journal.
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