Media

Detroit Resurgent

November 7, 2013 Media, Work

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

Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ Annual Giving Guide

November 6, 2013 Media, Work

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

Crain’s Detroit 40 Under 40 Ceremony

November 6, 2013 Work

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!

Featured on WDET: A Local Museum Earns National Props

September 29, 2013 Media, Museums

“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.

Featured in the Press & Guide

September 4, 2013 Media, Museums

Hot off the local press. Published on September 4, 2013 by the Press & Guide. DEARBORN: New director of growing Arab American National Museum thinking beyond its walls

Discussing ixity.com with Crain’s Detroit Business

August 6, 2013 Media, Technology

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

A Conversation with Craig Fahle on WDET

August 1, 2013 Media, Museums

A New Chapter For the Arab American National Museum via the Craig Fahle Show on WDET-FM.

A New Role at the Museum

July 1, 2013 Leadership, Media, Museums, Work

Today marks the beginning of a new journey. I was just promoted to director of the Arab American National Museum. Here we go (via Crane’s Detroit Business: Arab American Museum names deputy as new director).

Arab Americans in Search of Their Family History

January 1, 2013 Arab American History, Media

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

“Little Syria” featured on PRI’s The World

January 21, 2012 Arab American History, Media, Work

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