Ten random facts about me.
- I’m the director at the Arab American National Museum.
- I’ve visited 4 of the New7Wonders of the world.
- I’ve ridden my bike 150 miles across the state of Michigan, from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron, in one day.
- I was once a photojournalist.
- I set big goals – lots of them – and I don’t stop until I achieve them.
- I’m addicted to Coursera, Codeacademy, and other outlets for online learning.
- Bouldering is my favorite method of rock climbing.
- I’m learning to program a Raspberry Pi.
- I’m constantly exploring new foods and drinks.
- I’m married to the amazing Dharma Akmon
A more formal bio.
Devon Akmon became the second director of the Arab American National Museum (AANM) on July 1, 2013, succeeding founding director Dr. Anan Ameri. Akmon joined the AANM as curator of community history shortly before the museum opened in 2005; was promoted to deputy director in 2009; and assumed control of daily operations in 2012. Under his aegis, the AANM was named one of just 160 Affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution and achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, a seal of approval earned by just 6% of America’s cultural institutions. As director, Akmon has established new relationships with individuals and organizations that have resulted in the expansion of the museum’s mission and programming throughout the nation. Most recently, Akmon has overseen the physical expansion of the museum with the creation of the Annex, a new community arts space immediately adjacent to the museum, and an artist-in-residency unit in the neighboring City Hall Artspace Lofts.
In addition to leading the AANM, Akmon is currently a nonprofit board member of the American Alliance of Museums, CultureSource, Artspace, East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, and The CivCity Initiative. Additionally, he serves on advisory councils for Kresge Arts in Detroit, Smithsonian Affiliations, and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University.
Akmon also serves as an associate consultant for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Through his work as a consultant, Akmon has helped nonprofits from across the nation with capacity building, strategic planning, fundraising, board development, institutional and programmatic marketing, and creating innovative programming.
Akmon earned his Master of Science in Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Emerging Leaders Class IX and Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV. In 2013, Akmon was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s “40 Under 40” business leaders. In 2016, Akmon was named one of twelve American Express NGen Fellows with the Independent Sector.
Feel free to shoot me a line at devon DOT akmon AT gmail DOT com.