Charanya R is an educator, multimedia artist and Fulbright scholar. She graduated with a Masters in Art Education and Community Practice from New York University, where she was presented with the NYU Graduate Departmental Banner Bearer award in recognition for her leadership and academic excellence. She also holds a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, and has over a decade of experience in leadership roles within civil society and non-profit organizations.
She co-founded the learning center Kudali through her work with the organization Yakshi, and was involved in actions for social justice and rights of marginalized communities in India. She also developed educational modules and collaborated with traditional artisans, visual artists and musicians to build cultural campaigns.
Charanya is deeply passionate about the power of art education in transforming lives and believes that the life of Louis Armstrong is critical in the telling of the history of the civil rights movement, of jazz and its influence on the world. As a Museum Associate, she is committed to enhancing the community engagement, creative pedagogy and educational initiatives at the museum; that draw from the transformative elements of jazz, music, art and storytelling rooted in radical hope and imagination.