AANM's Hikayat personal narratives series presents evenings of live storytelling, networking and culture! Laugh, cry, and get lost in the intimate stories as storytellers share their personal experiences centered around specific themes. Prior to the live storytelling AANM offers FREE workshops where participants explore the art and significance of storytelling, found in many cultures including Arab culture, as well as the essentials of good storytelling, and construct their own story. 

The programs below are presented in conjunction with THEM: Images of Separation, Hate and Violence, an exhibition from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., on display at AANM Oct. 14, 2017 through March 11, 2018. 

Join AANM for two Hikayat events this season: 

Saturday, Oct. 21
Hikayat: Personal Narratives of Race, Identity & “The Other”
(Ages 14+)

4-6 p.m. Storytelling workshop FREE with RSVP HERE

Participants will explore the art, significance and essentials of storytelling and construct their own story by focusing on topics of race, identity, being the “other” culture, confronting stereotypes and more.

6-7 p.m. Gallery stroll of THEM: Images of Separation, Hate and Violence

This exhibition showcases items from popular culture – postcards, license plates, games, souvenirs, costumes and more – that use negative imagery to stereotype or discriminate against different groups. 

7-9 p.m. Live storytelling $8 AANM Members, $10 general public. Tickets HERE

Enjoy an opening reception with light refreshments and hear some of the most inspiring and talented storytellers in the metro Detroit community share their personal experiences on topics of race and racism, identity, culture, confronting stereotypes and being labeled “the other”.


Saturday, Dec. 2
Hikayat: Personal Narratives of Sexuality, Identity & Gender
(Ages 14+)

4-6 p.m. Storytelling workshop FREE with RSVP HERE

Participants will explore the art, significance and essentials of storytelling and construct their own story by focusing on topics of sexuality, gender, LGBTQ issues, identity, culture, confronting stereotypes and more.

6-7 p.m. Gallery stroll of American Landscape: An Exploration of Art & Humanity by Nabil Mousa

This exhibition showcases Nabil Mousa's mixed-media artwork that uses orange as a color representative of fear in taking up the fraught politics of LGBTQ rights in America. 

7-9 p.m. Live storytelling $8 AANM Members, $10 general public. Tickets HERE

Enjoy an opening reception with light refreshments and hear some of the most inspiring and talented storytellers in the metro Detroit community share their personal experiences on topics of sexuality, gender, LGBTQ issues, identity, culture and confronting stereotypes. 


Share Your Story!

Would you like to tell your story on stage? Or, do you know someone who has a story to share? Complete this form to suggest a storyteller for an upcoming Hikayat event.



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