SURA Arts Academy

Winner, 2008 Coming Up Taller Award

The Arab American National Museum's SURA Arts Academy is a free, diversity-themed digital photography instruction program for 6th through 9th grade students in southwest Detroit and Dearborn. SURA is an Arabic word for photograph.

SURA logoSURA student photographers are given the use of a digital camera and instruction from students at the acclaimed College for Creative Studies in Detroit. AANM educators lead the weekly sessions, which include basic photography principles, field trips (free transportation provided) and discussions on issues of identity and community. 

Every fall, SURA student photographers show their work just as professionals do, in an exhibition at the Arab American National Museum. Click HERE to view past SURA images.

Coming Up Taller logoIn November 2008, SURA Arts Academy was one of just 15 programs nationwide to receive the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, honoring the best arts- and humanities-based youth after-school programs in the United States.

SURA Arts Academy accommodates approximately 35 students per semester or summer camp. Questions about SURA Arts Academy may be directed to AANM Educator Wisal Samaha at 313.624.0219 or HERE.

SURA Arts Academy is funded in part by the Hearst Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanties and the Muna and Basem Hishmeh Foundation. Past funding has come from the Skillman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the U.S. Department of State.



SURA Arts Academy Registration
Camera Use Agreement


2013 SURA Arts Academy (English)
2013 SURA Arts Academy (Spanish)
2013 SURA Arts Academy (Arabic)

13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS