Charlena Wynn, raised in Charlotte, North Carolina is an arts educator, fine arts curriculum designer, art historian, part time curator, and amateur fiber and collage artist and painter exploring the Black queer Atlantic, death, and memory. They graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art and minor in Psychology and earned their MA in Liberal Studies focused on museums and racialized gender from North Carolina State University. Before relocating to The East Bay, they lived in Alexandria, VA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; and Greensboro, NC and spent several months in Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK studying Blackness within 18th century British art. They are deeply invested in building and cultivating Black, southern queer communities through mutual aid and other material resources, prison abolition (including in schools), and advocating for disabled educators and living wages.
In September 2021, Charlena joined MoAD as the Visitor Experience Manager in which they are excited to continue the work of their predecessor in sharing a wide range Black and African literature, representing the goals and mission of MoAD, and ensuring MoAD continues as a valuable resource to the community it serves. In this role, they plan to extend the reach of the bookstore, the last Black owned bookstore in San Francisco, to a wider audience and share more literature focused on art, children and young adults, disability, and Black LGBTQ history as well as maintaining and expanding the scope of an accessibility.