Saturday, August 10 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM| FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION
Join us in the galleries of National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Satore with Founder of Veterinarians International, Dr. Scarlett Magda who will be talking all about elephants!
Dr. Scarlett Magda is a veterinarian with a passion for raising awareness about the interconnectedness of human and animal health and tackling the root causes of zoonotic disease transmission and animal welfare issues. She has over 10 years of international experience working with organizations ranging from the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, Foundation for AIDS Orphaned Children in Uganda, Elephant Family, UK, the Belize Zoo and the Ministry of Environment in Costa Rica. She had sat on the board of directors for Veterinarians Without Borders Canada for five years prior to moving to the United States. Her involvement in international veterinary medicine started in 2007 while she was a veterinary student designing an elephant saddle project investigating skin wounds in Thailand and India. This project honored her with the Ballard Award for Wildlife from Morris Animal Foundation and is the only work on the topic that has been published in the scientific literature to date. She later participated in a goat health project in Mbarara Uganda which demonstrated to her the clear link between human and animal health through brucellosis prevention work. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009 she moved to New York City to understand how the veterinary profession was engaging in global health issues. Working with dogs as an emergency clinician in New York made Dr. Magda wonder about the role dogs play in human health in other parts of the world. This curiosity led her to participate in a rabies prevention project in Todos Santos, Guatemala which is led by our local partner, the Global Alliance for Animals and People (the GAAP).
Having a love for the arts, Dr. Magda was a visionary in using film and art as a medium to raise awareness for wildlife conservation, and acted as Executive Director for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, responsible for bringing it to NYC in 2012. In 2013, in an effort to raise awareness about local conservation issues and the plight of the ocean, she co-hosted an event screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Planet Ocean in her local Hamptons community. She is also a huge advocate for oyster growing given they are the most sustainable animal to grow, and was responsible for bringing East Hampton’s first public oyster garden program in partnership with the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery, and the South Fork Natural History Museum to life this past May.
Spending years researching and networking she realized there was a need to unite the strengths of the United States into a single network of veterinary health professionals which could provoke and support a national and global health platform for change. With a passion for raising awareness through multiple platforms, emphasizing collaboration, and a strong belief in “not reinventing the wheel” Dr. Magda wanted to create an organization that emphasizes enhancement of sound international animal projects that lack funding and support.
Dr. Magda also practices emergency veterinary medicine in numerous specialty hospitals across New York State, and works as an associate at South Fork Animal Hospital, in Wainscott, NY.
The mission of Veterinarians International is to enhance the health of humans, animals, and the environment through the use of sound veterinary care and expertise. To accomplish this, they partner with like-minded groups around the world who are working to ensure the animals in their communities are receiving the veterinary care they need. Veterinarians International participates in community meetings, delivers vaccines, and provides training programs in animal health, food production, nutrition, husbandry, and disease control, so the men and women can improve the conditions within their communities. Sustainable and repeatable solutions are designed at improving communities where these programs are implemented as well as the rest of the world.
Curated by Amy Kirwin Presented with Oceana, Peconic Land Trust and South Fork Natural History Museum Exhibition Advisor: James Salomon This timely exhibition will feature artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, upcycling, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. Exhibiting artists will hold workshops throughout, poignant panel discussions will be organized with the presenting partners, plus special film screenings including the sensational Fantastic Fungi. The intention of eARTh is to create a beautiful message about the state of our precious earth in a way that all can understand and appreciate. Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Tom Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft. Cover Art: by Kara Hoblin.
As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times