Museums

2015 Arab Film Festival + Cinetopia

June 10, 2015 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 Work

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

Patriots & Peacemakers in Washington, D.C.

November 30, 2014 Work

The Arab American National Museum was honored to present the Patriots & Peacemakers exhibit at the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda in Washington, D.C during the week of Veterans Day. Speaking to this, we were able to showcase the dedication of Arab Americans who have served our country in the heart of our nation’s capital; such a fitting and deserving way to recognize their contributions and heroism. The opening reception—on November 12 in the majestic Kennedy Caucus Room—was an amazingRead More

Arab American Patriots & Peacemakers Honored with Capitol Hill Exhibition

November 11, 2014 Work

Veterans Day holiday coincides with historic Arab American Nat’l Museum presentation Nov. 10-14 at Russell Senate Office Bldg. America’s only museum celebrating the Arab American experience is bringing an original exhibition on public service to Capitol Hill in time for Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country will be on public display in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave. NE, Monday, Nov. 10 through Friday,Read More

40 Under 40

October 6, 2013 Work

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

Featured on WDET: A Local Museum Earns National Props

September 29, 2013 Work

“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 Work

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

A New Role at the Museum

July 1, 2013 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).

Cultural Sensitivity in Museum Stewardship Presentation

November 5, 2011 Work

Greetings to those visiting from the Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums’ (RC-AAM) fourth International Registrars Symposium (IRS 2011). I’ve uploaded my presentation below. If you wish to continue the discussion from the conference, please contact me at dakmon[at]accesscommunity[dot]org. Thanks for visiting. Cultural Sensitivity in Museum Stewardship View more presentations from Devon Akmon

Coming Soon: World Museum Book Collection

December 23, 2010 Work

Gregory Chamberlain and Museum Identity are publishing a promising collection of books that will explore timely issues and trends from within the global museum community. This nine volume collection includes chapters written by over one hundred museum professionals from seventeen countries. That’s pretty impressive! The nine books that comprise the collection are: The Radical Museum: democracy, dialogue & debate Museums and Meaning: idiosyncrasy, individuality and identity Meaning Making & Storytelling: engaging visitors, empowering discovery and igniting debate Museums Fighting HumanRead More