“I believe in women's rights and the right to feel safe and respected”

Nada Odeh

Human Rights Activist", "Community Organiser", or "Badass Feminist and #GirlBoss!" Women rights defender

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About Me

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 University. She has attended many workshops in the field of visual arts, communication arts, and therapeutic arts. 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. 


Nada is a freelance curator who had the opportunity to curate different projects with the topic of immigration and folklore arts. She worked with the New York Folklore Society on different projects to highlight immigrants' and refugees' folklore arts.

Nada's art and activism helped many organizations and artists to live the art experience to the ultimate levels. 

Communities I Identify With and/or Want to Collaborate With

Indigenous Peoples
Marginalized People
People in Science
People of Color
Persons with Disabilities
Tribal communities
Youth and Minors

I Want to Take Action on

Abortion Rights
Access to Sanitation
Access to Water
Accountable Institutions
Peace and Non violence
Women’s Economic Security
Women’s Education
Women's Health
Women’s Representation
Women’s Safety
Workers’ Rights

Areas of Expertise

Chapter Leadership
Creative Director
Fine Arts
Gender Equality