Loretta Oleck and Simon Dudar will speak on 4/22 at 5pm

Come and support! On Sat 4/22 at 5pm, a discussion with Loretta Olek and Simon Dudar on Human Rights, to be held before the Art for Aleppo fundraiser show that night in the back space at the gallery. The show will be open that night 5-9pm.

Loretta Oleck volunteered on a Syrian refugee camp in Ritsona, Greece, working primarily with children. She lives in Ossining where she is a psychotherapist in private practice, as well as a poet with extensive work published in reviews and journals. A book of her poems, Songs from the Black Hole, was published in 2016, and she was the recipient of a 2016 nomination for a Pushcart Poetry Prize. More recently, Loretta completed writing a poetry collection inspired by her experience at the refugee camp, and she hopes it will be published in the near future, bringing more awareness to the ongoing Humanitarian Crisis. She is also a co-owner of Muddy Water Coffee & Café in Tarrytown, NY.

Simon Dudar is the Discover, Create, and Innovate teacher at Haldane Central School in Cold Spring, NY. Simon graduated from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta with a Bachelor’s in Childhood Education and received his Master’s in Environmental Science from SUNY New Paltz. He taught 3rd and 4th grade at Haldane Elementary School for 8 years before moving into his new position as an Innovation Teacher/Instructional PBL Coach. Currently, Simon teaches classes ranging from elementary to high school– he uses problem- and project-based learning based on solving authentic real world situations, and focuses on how to collaborate in groups effectively.

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