“We realize that if people want to be receptive to our story, we have to be receptive to other stories.” Devon Akmon, Director of the Arab American National Museum. One of Metro Detroit’s newest cultural institutions has earned national credibility. The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, an honor most museums don’t have. Museum director Devon Akmon tells me it’s the gold standard for institutions of its kind.
Coming website aims to be source for local arts, entertainment events via Crain’s Detroit, August 4, 2013 The promise and value Ixiti.com represents is exciting, said Devon Akmon, director of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. “Within the last few years, we’ve seen a change in the traditional media coverage of cultural events as resources have dwindled,” he said. “You couple that with tighter budgets at institutions like ours, and it makes it a challenge to put adequate resourcesRead More
Jeff Karoub, a Michigan-based reporter for the Associated Press, just published an excellent article titled, After a century, US Arabs look for pieces of past. As the title suggests, the article explores the difficulties in tracing the (factual) histories of Arab families that settled in the United States prior to 1924. Karoub draws upon his own frustrations of researching his family’s history in metropolitan Detroit. The article speaks to many of the challenges we face when conducting research on ArabRead More
The AANM’s Little Syria project is picking up steam. We’re wrapping up the RFP process with exhibit designers, our curatorial staff is conducting research and collecting objects for the forthcoming exhibit, and the media is covering the story. We’re off to a good start. Be sure to like the Little Syria Exhibit
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come check out the annual Arab Film Festival at the Arab American National Museum. This year’s festival, Before The Spring: Alternative Arab Cinema from 2005 to Today, explores films that were produced leading up to the “Arab Spring.” The festival was curated by our friends at ArteEast. You can read more about the festival over at the HuffPost Detroit.
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Tom Daldin, host of public television’s Under The Radar (UTR). I love his show, which spotlights great places and things happening around Michigan. This particular episode focused on Dearborn. Thanks for including the Arab American National Museum! Check it out!