Museums

Bustle’s “13 places to consider donating in support of the arts”

March 24, 2017 Museums

I’m feeling incredibly grateful. My utmost gratitude to Bustle for including the Arab American National Museum on its list of “13 places to consider donating in support of the arts” following President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.

What the Elimination of the NEA and NEH Means to Us

March 16, 2017 Museums

On March 16, President Donald J. Trump put forth his budget proposal and it calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), among other governmental agencies. These vital government programs have been pillars of cultural and intellectual production throughout our nation. Thousands of museums, libraries, and cultural institutions will be significantly impacted if these programs are eliminated. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation onRead More

We Believe in America

February 8, 2017 Museums

A Joint Statement By The Arab American National Museum And Shangri La: A Museum Of Islamic Art, Culture & Design We are American institutions of history, art, culture and conscience. Our collective missions speak broadly of the beautiful heritage and experiences of myriad and diverse peoples at home and abroad. Our work aims to deepen our understanding of one another and our common humanity. We believe that policies targeting refugees, immigrants, women, Native peoples, people of color, Arabs and MuslimsRead More

Interview with Carol Bossert of The Museum Life

January 16, 2017 Media, Museums

Last Friday I had the pleasure of speaking with Carol Bossert, host of the show The Museum Life, about the Arab American National Museum. It was big fun. Take a listen to the show!

Little Syria, NY at the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration

October 19, 2016 Museums

On October 1, 2016, the Arab American National Museum proudly opened the exhibition Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life & Legacy at our nation’s most storied institution on immigration, the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration. This exhibition presents the rich history of the earliest concentrated Arab immigrant community in the USA, placing the Arab American experience in context with the greater American immigrant narrative. I cannot think of a better time, or a better location, for this exhibition. NothingRead More

Museums and Libraries As Community Catalysts

October 9, 2016 Museums

How do museums and libraries catalyze communities? More specifically, how do they serve as “enablers of community vitality and co-creators of positive community change?” These are fundamental questions the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is asking as part of the Community Catalyst Initiative. IMLS launched the initiative, in partnership with the William Penn Foundation and the Reinvestment Fund, in July 2016. On September 8–9, IMLS hosted around 70 museum and library professionals for a two-day Community Catalysts TownRead More

Featured in Hour Detroit Magazine

June 11, 2015 Media, Museums, Work

The Arab American National Museum was featured in the June 2015 edition of Hour Detroit. There’s a nice article on the museum’s tenth anniversary. Creating Conversations: For 10 years, Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum has been telling the community’s unique stories “It makes you optimistic about the future for this institution, no matter who is here,” Akmon says. “It’s our goal to continue to contribute and to continue to mold it to that next shape.”

2015 Arab Film Festival + Cinetopia

June 10, 2015 Museums, Work

The Arab American National Museum is excited to be presenting the 2015 Arab Film Festival as part of the award-winning Cinetopia International Film Festival. That’s right, a film festival within a film festival. We’re awfully creative. The 2015 Arab Film Festival is also an important program within the Arab American National Museum’s tenth anniversary year programming schedule. Cinetopia began on June 5 at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit. We were pleased that one of our Arab Film FestivalRead More

AANM’s Anniversary Featured in Metromode

March 19, 2015 Media, Museums

Thanks to Aaron Mondry and Metromode Media for the coverage of the Arab American National Museum’s upcoming tenth anniversary. Dearborn, Mich. has the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States. The Arab American News, the largest and oldest Arab American newspaper in the country, is published there. The city’s police chief, Ronald Haddad, is Arab American. Without question, Dearborn is the center of Arab American culture. It’s no surprise, then, that the preeminent museum dedicated to documenting andRead More

Art X Detroit

March 15, 2015 Art & Design, Detroit, Museums

The third biennial Art X Detroit returns on April 9. For the uninitiated: Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD presents works created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center over a three-week period in April & is FREE to the public. AXDRead More