Cultural Convergences: An Artistic Workshop Into Seward’s Visit to Syria

Seward House Museum Hosts Artistic Workshop Inspired by Middle East
Hands-On Art Experience to Create Traveling Mural

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, the Seward House Museum will host a public arts workshop at the Equal Rights Heritage Center, 25 South Street, in downtown Auburn from 1 to 3 p.m.

Titled “Cultural Convergences: An Artistic Workshop Into Seward’s Visit to Syria,” the workshop will be led by Syrian artist Nada Odeh and will engage participants to learn about Middle Eastern cultures and William Seward’s visit to the Middle East and Syria. There will be a brief presentation followed by hands-on art experiences. Participants will brainstorm ideas for a mural that reflects Middle Eastern cultures in New York State. The mural will be a traveling piece of art that will be exhibited in several select locations for public viewing. This event is free and open to the public; registration required. Materials will be provided.

About the Artist

Nada Odeh is a Syrian artist, activist, humanitarian, and a modern-day poet. She was born and raised in Damascus and lived in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates before coming to the U.S. in 2013. She established a project known as ‘Nada’s Picassos’, which began in Damascus but has moved to Dubai, Michigan, and currently New York State. The medium she works in is acrylics on canvas and Arabic miniatures; Middle Eastern colors and small details of her heritage influence her art. The key theme in her artwork is Syrian refugees in camps and the Syrian people. Recently, she has focused more on displaced Syrian women in exile. Nada got her M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and her B.A. in Fine Arts from Damascus University. Nada has exhibited her art in Damascus, Dubai, New York City, Detroit, Toledo, Tiffin, Washington D.C., Syracuse, Albany, and Auburn, New York. She lives and works in Syracuse, New York.

This workshop is made possible by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in collaboration with New York Folklore society that was presented to artist Nada Odeh.


Jun 11 2022


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm




Equal Rights Heritage Center


Seward House Museum

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