Dawne Langford is a Washington, D.C. based artist and curator with a focus on presentations of historic events that apply artistic expression to deepen understanding, support learning, and stimulate community dialogue. Since 2014, Ms. Langford has personally worked with over 250 local, national and international artists from a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography and time-based art. She recently completed a six month project as the Manager and Curator of Programs for the Fundred Reserve OPEN LAB, in collaboration with Mel Chin Studios. OPEN LAB was inspired by grassroots movements that carry on the struggle for social and environmental justice, helping foster democratic empowerment. The programming for this project was designed to build relationships between a wide variety of stakeholders, by hosting events centered in using creativity as a means for the creation of community.
In addition to participating in independent and pop-up art venues, such as the art fair Spring/Break, Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center's Culture Lab Crosslines, Transformer, and more, Dawne also works as a producer and editor in independent documentary film. After working in public media for over 15 years in various roles in production, Dawne was accepted to the prestigious PBS Producer’s Academy at Boston’s WGBH in 2013. Recently completed documentaries include Check It, Kandahar Journals, The Final Year and Finding Joseph I. She received several awards for her work in public television programming and independent documentaries, including The Aegis Award, The Telly, Official Selection for Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs and The Communicators Award. Dawne is currently working as an editor for a new documentary in collaboration with Georgetown University and new member supporting the programs for National Arts Strategies.