Join us to celebrate Middle Eastern Culture on Friday, July 16th from 4:00 – 6:30 on the Village Green next to the Library

Join us on Friday, July 16th from 4:00 – 6:30 to celebrate Middle Eastern Culture with Nada Odeh and Nujoud Makhlouf!

All events are Free and no registration is required.

We will meet on the Village Green, next to the Library. In the case of inclement weather, we will will move indoors. Questions? Call 607-582-6218 or email Beth at

Arabic Calligraphy & Islamic Vegetal Arts with Artist & Educator, Nada Odeh

Nada Odeh

Nada will give a short presentation on the importance of calligraphy and the vegetal arts in Arabic culture and then you will get a chance to try it for yourself. Her presentation will start a little after 4 and then she’ll be available to work with you on your own calligraphy!

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 due to the conflict and revolution in her country. 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.

I am Syria by Nada Odeh (Acrylic on Canvas)

Please view Nada’s art at

Homemade Palestinian Flatbread & Za’atar with Chef Nujoud Makhlouf

Nujoud Makhlouf

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Nujoud Makhlouf, owner of Small Mountain Za’atar, a pop-up restaurant, will be using a table-top oven to make flatbread seasoned with Za’atar right here at the library. Families will also receive a portion of za’atar to take home and use in their own kitchen.

Nujoud’s food traditions are Palestinian. Her parents grew up in Israel before coming to Central New York in 1973. When she was 3, she traveled back to their homeland for her sister’s baptism. Her great-grandmother let Nujoud have a turn at mortar and pestle. “Every time I use garlic, I think of her,” she says. She now shares her love for her family, her community and her food by teaching courses in Palestinian cooking and by serving a devoted following in Syracuse and beyond.

(What is Za’atar? Za’atar is the name of a spice mixture that includes wild thyme, toasted sesame seeds, ground sumac, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. It will be served on flatbread cooked on-site.)

This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Auburn Public Theater’s Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants Program.

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