Late last year I had the honor of being photographed by the noted French photographer Gilles Perrin for an exhibit called Detroit Resurgent. I am humbled and honored to be included in this exhibit, which is on display at the MSU Museum through January 2014. The exhibition will travel to Detroit and will be hosted at the MSU Detroit Center from May-December 2014. Here’s more on the exhibition: Detroit Resurgent is an exhibition that runs from September 8, 2013 throughRead More
The Arab American National Museum was featured in the 2013 Giving Guide, published by Crain’s Detroit Business. Here I discuss our goal of building the endowment to $10 million by 2017. Exit strategy: More nonprofits, donors turn to endowments for lasting impact “Through the recession, we learned arts and culture was not the No. 1 priority for certain foundations and corporations,” said Devon Akmon, director of the Arab American National Museum. Endowment “is a way of building a more sustainableRead More
A heartfelt congrats to all the other awardees of the Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40. And much love to the Arab American National Museum and ACCESS staff for making their leaders look so good. They do the heavy lifting that makes our organization shine!
I’m honored to be recognized by Crain’s Business Detroit as one of the 2013 “40 Under 40” business leaders. Since 1991, Crain’s Detroit Business has honored 40 of the community’s high achievers with its 40 under 40 awards. This year’s winners launched companies, helped grow established firms, created products, swung international deals, improved health care and aided nonprofits. The goal is to honor the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks in business before age 40.Read More
“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.
I love finishing the work week on a positive note. Yesterday, in addition to hosting students from the University of Michigan’s graduate program in Museum Studies, the AANM received a pair of prominent visitors. First, a dear friend of the AANM brought Bothaina Kamel – Egyptian television anchor, activist, and politician – to the museum for a tour. Kamel, a celebrity in her homeland, is the first woman to run for the presidency of Egypt. She was pleased with herRead 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