Artists + Residents 

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) Artists + Residents program is a platform for established and emerging artists to cultivate and grow their practices while immersed in a supportive culture for artistic collaboration and civic engagement in metro Detroit. 

The residency welcomes diverse local, national and international artists with creative and critical projects related to the Museum’s mission, vision and values. With an apartment at the City Hall Artspace Lofts directly across the street from AANM, resident artists make Dearborn their home, delve into the everyday life of the most concentrated Arab community in the U.S., and connect with diverse communities from the metro Detroit area and the world for research, dialogue and collaboration. Ultimately, Artists + Residents builds a cohesive network of artists and art operators.


Artists + Residents applications for residencies taking place between January-June 2020 are now closed. Applications for residencies taking place between July-December 2020 will open in the Spring. 

All artistic practices welcome to apply. Three-week minimum residency duration strongly preferred. The artist resident is expected to lead some form of community-based public programming as part of their residency. 

Residency includes: 

- Private 1,032sq. ft. furnished 1-bedroom apartment with live/work space, internet, in-unit washer/dryer, kitchen, full bath, in the City Hall Artspace Lofts
- Unrestricted stipend based on residency duration and project 
- Access to AANM resources and community connections 

Please note that travel cost is not covered. 

For questions, contact 

Artists + Residents is made possible in part by 


Nov.-Dec. 2019 
Maya James, visual art/comics

Sept.-Nov. 2019 
Levon Kafafian, Multimedia
Once There Was and Once There Was Not 


August 2019 
Jacqueline Reem Salloum, art and oral histories
Memory Metamorphosis 

July-August 2019
Farah Al-Qasimi, photography and video
Between Two Worlds: Arab Americans in Detroit - Made possible by Wayne State University and the Knight Foundation

April-May 2019 
Frank Waln, music/dialogue  
Living Under Occupation: From Turtle Island to Palestine 

March-April 2019 
Zeyn Joukhadar, literary 
Writing workshop series 

Jan.-March 2019 
Leila Abdelrazaq, visual art/comics 
Dearborn Comics Workshop 

June-July 2018 
Maria Del Carmen Montoya + Ghana ThinkTank, collaborative public art 
Viral Language Lab 

April-May 2018 
Ping Chong & Co. + Sherrine Azab, theater 
Undesirable Elements/Dearborn 

Dec. 2017 
Noor Theatre + Ismail Khalidi, theatre 
Dead Are My People 

July-Oct. 2017 
National Arab Orchestra (NAO) + Mohannad Ghawanmeh, multimedia  
The Films of Mohammed Bayoumi 

June-July 2017 
Ayman Yossri Daydban, visual art 
Select works in Epicenter X: Saudi Contemporary Art in Dearborn 

Oct. 2016 
Heather Raffo, theatre   


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