Ten random facts about me.
- I’m a senior consultant with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Previously, I was director of 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’m an avid photographer and was once a photojournalist.
- My StrengthsFinder profile is Strategic, Learner, Intellection, Input, & Achiever.
- I’m passionate about indie/DIY music and culture.
- Bouldering is my favorite method of rock climbing.
- In 2013, I was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s “40 Under 40” business leaders.
- I find growth and renewal through adventure and the call of the wild!
- I’m married to the amazing Dharma Akmon.
Devon Akmon is a Senior Consultant with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. He brings over 14 years of experience in nonprofit management, as well as extensive expertise in arts administration, curatorial practice, and community building through the arts.
Previously, Devon served as the second director of the Arab American National Museum (AANM). Devon joined the AANM as curator of community history shortly before the museum opened in 2005; was promoted to deputy director in 2009; and became director in 2013. As director, Devon established new relationships with individuals and organizations that resulted in the expansion of the museum’s mission and programming throughout the nation. Devon also oversaw 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.
Under his aegis, the AANM was named an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, a member of the National Performance Network, and an internationally-recognized TAKREEM Laureate for Cultural Excellence. Devon also helped lead the AANM through both the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) and Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. This was a major accomplishment given the museum achieved Accreditation, the museum field’s mark of distinction, on its first attempt and within 10 years of opening the museum to the public.
Devon is a board member of the American Alliance of Museums, CultureSource, and Artspace. Additionally, Devon has served on several national grantmaking review panels, including those for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Previously, he served on boards or advisory committees for Kresge Arts in Detroit, Smithsonian Affiliations, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University.
Devon 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, he was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s “40 Under 40” business leaders. In 2016, Devon was named one of twelve American Express NGen Fellows with the Independent Sector.