AANM Teacher Open House

March 2, 2011




DALNET Members on iTunes

December 3, 2010

Two DALNET members, Arab American National Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, have added free audio and video podcasts to iTunes. 

Episodes of “In the Frame,”  a free podcast series from the Detroit Institute of Arts, are available for download at  iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/in-the-frame/id403986873.

“In The Frame, hosted by DIA Director Graham Beal, and taped on location at the museum, covers a different portion of the Museum’s large collection in each episode. Beal leads you through the world of the museum in a relaxed and easy-to-understand approach, making the art, the exhibits, and the artists come alive!” –from the podcast description

Arab American National Museum has videos, exhibition materials, interviews, and panel presentations available for free download at iTunes U – http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/arabamericanmuseum.org.

To access podcasts, you will need the free iTunes software installed.  Download here.

If you are a DALNET member institution and also have a presence in iTunes, let us know in the comments and we will add you to our post.


Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion

September 20, 2010

A new exhibit is opening at the Arab American National Museum titled “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion.”  The exhibition, which runs from October 7, 2010 to March 13, 2011, is made possible in part by the Ford Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.   The exhibit is free with Museum admission.   The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM.

“In the mid-20th century, Lebanese American engineer Alfred Shaheen wed technological innovation to socially responsible business practices in the service of revitalizing Pacific Island/Asian textile traditions. He forged a fusion fashion design aesthetic now recognized worldwide as a visual marker – not only of a transnational Hawaiian culture – but of a West Coast “American” lifestyle that is informal, environmentally aware and multi-cultural.  This exhibition, created by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, features dozens of examples of Shaheen textile and garment designs and archival images that shed light on Shaheen’s unique design, manufacturing and marketing philosophies.”  — from AANM’s website


BBC at Arab American National Museum

May 25, 2010

Michigan Radio and the Arab American National Museum present a panel discussion entitled Covering the Middle East: A Conversation with the BBC. This event will explore how this massive, influential broadcast organization covers the Arab World and other issues related to news coverage of the Middle East.

Panelists are Lukman Ahmed (BBC Arabic Washington Correspondent), Liliane Landor (Head of the Middle East Region, BBC World Service), and Anne Koch (Deputy Director, BBC World Service English Networks). The moderator is Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio news director.

This event is free and open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, June 7 in the Lower Level Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. No RSVP necessary.

–From the press release at http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/BBC.at.the.AANM


AANM’s 5th Anniversary

May 5, 2010

You are cordially invited to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Arab American National Museum (AANM), as well as the opening of the new exhibition Noble Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the AANM, 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Enjoy complimentary jewel-themed refreshments in the AANM’s dramatic Community Courtyard; then, be among the first to enjoy Noble Jewels in the Main Floor Gallery. This exhibition, created by the Museum for African Art in New York, presents never-before-exhibited pieces of stunning jewelry from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia plus late 19th- and early 20th-century images by the period’s leading photographers.

Please join us as we mark the 5th birthday of the ONLY institution among America’s 17,500 museums that celebrates Arab American life, culture and contributions. As a community-based museum, we wouldn’t be here without YOU!

No RSVP necessary; please bring a guest


From Mocha to Latte

January 13, 2010

A new exhibit, free with museum admission, is opening at the Arab American National Museum on January 28th.  “From Mocha to Latte: Coffee, the Arab World, and the $4 cup” will be featured in the lower gallery from January 28 – August 15, 2010.  The public is invited to a free opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2010 in the AANM’s dramatic Community Courtyard, featuring complimentary Arabic coffee and sweets, sponsored by Hashem Roastery of Dearborn.   See http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/frommochatolatte for more information.


BookTV premiere this Sunday

January 6, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. tune in C-SPAN2’s Book TV to see the premiere of Alia Malek’s talk on her book A Country Called Amreeka taped in December at the Arab American National Museum’s Library & Resource Center.


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