Sama Wareh holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from California State University Fullerton and her undergraduate Degree in Filmmaking and Art. She has been selling art internationally for over 15 years both in shows as well as live paintings on stage, and has taught art for over 20 years. Wareh is the author of "How to Draw 60 Native California Plants and Animals: A Field Guide" and was awarded OC REGISTER's OCMETRO 40 under 40 award in 2013 for her humanitarian work.
Since the beginning of the Syrian War, Sama has been active in humanitarian efforts along the border of Turkey, Lebanon, Greece, and here at home, where she has combined her passion for Nature, Art and the environment in working with refugees. She has also had the honor of teaching Art therapy for the Access Mental Health program for over 6 years, where she has had the pleasure of working with both the youth and adults to remove the STIGMA associated with mental health disorders.
Besides Wareh’s Tedex talk in 2014, she has also presented and taught at over 1,200 schools, universities, Nature Centers, and organizations either on the topic of environmental education, art, and the refugee crisis. Sama is the Director and co-founder of the Art and Wilderness Institute, which specializes in art and nature connection programs in Southern California. For more information, visit www.artandwildernessinstitute.com