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.

Community Foundation Challenge

August 5, 2009

Arab American National Museum, the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation, The Detroit Institute of Arts and The Henry Ford as well as other Detroit area cultural institutions are participating in a fundraising effort called the Community Foundation Challenge – Arts & Culture. 

On August 18th at 10:00, donors are asked to make their contributions of $25 – $10,000 via http://www.cfsem.org/.  Matching funds will earn each institution an addition 50% of the gift’s value.  Each participating institution has the potential to earn up to $200,000 in matching funds.  The money will help with much needed support of operating costs for institutions.

Donors will be asked to select the institution(s) they wish to donate to using a drop-down menu.  Click here for a list of participating institutions.  Matching funds will go fast, so be ready at 10 AM on August 18!

For more information: 

AANM Big Read Kickoff and Other Events

February 18, 2009

March 1, 2009 is the date for The Big Read Kickoff Hafleh (Party) at the Arab American National Museum.  At the kickoff party, which begins at noon, the main floor of the AANM will be “transformed” into an Egyptian café.  Dr. Trevor Legassick of the University of Michigan, who translated the book from Arabic into English, will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the AANM Library & Resource Center. RSVP with Kristin at 313-624-0223.

According to their website, the Arab American National Museum is “offering hundreds of free copies of the 1961 novel The Thief and the Dogs by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, thanks to a $10,000 NEA grant and a $10,150 grant from Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET).  Some 17 free related public events – book discussions, films, lectures, even backgammon lessons – will take place around metro Detroit. Venues include the AANM, public library branches, universities and bookstores. Some events will be conducted in both English and Arabic.”  Events will take place  at the Arab American National Museum, the Dearborn Public Library, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Barnes & Noble (Allen Park), and Sterling Heights Public Library.

The events at Wayne State University include:

Film Screening: 
Adrift on the Nile
Wednesday, March 4, 2009   
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium, UGL

Film Screening: 
Umm Kulthum:  A Voice Like Egypt
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium, UGL

Book Discussion: 
The Thief and the Dogs (al-Liss wa-al-Kilab) by Naguib Mahfouz
Thursday, March 26, 2009 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
UGL Community Room

AANM Program Honored by First Lady

November 17, 2008

The SURA Arts Academy, a program at the Arab American National Museum, was awarded the 2008 “Coming Up Taller” award by Laura Bush at the White House on Friday November 14th.

For the full story, see the Detroit News and the press release from the AANM.


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