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Arab American National Museum

May 1, 2012

Clovis Maksoud Memoir Project
Kickstarting The Muslims are Coming!
“Tarab Together” with Amer Zahr This Friday

May 6, 12, 20: Green Free Craft Sundays
May 17: Global Thursdays: La Chispa and Company ALWAYS A SELL-OUT!!
May 18: Empty Bowls Fundraiser
May 24: DSO Neighborhood Chamber Recital

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Through June 10, 2012: Patriots & Peacemakers
Through June 10, 2012: Fighting for Democracy
Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes NEW! BLOG POSTS
Watch Your Waste e-Museum WEB EXCLUSIVE


Dr. Clovis Maksoud

Clovis Maksoud Memoir Project

The pluralist and nationalist ideals of Dr. Clovis Maksoud (right), so promising in the mid- 20th century, are once again influencing the course of history, propelled by the democratic uprisings that have spread across the Arab World. This legendary Lebanese American educator, lawyer, journalist and diplomat is currently working on English and Arabic versions of his memoir, and you can help the AANM bring this important work to fruition though the Clovis Maksoud Memoir Project. Donations to this project help the AANM fulfill its mission to bring the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences; contact Nissrine Hussein at 313.842.4748 or HERE for further information.

Dean Obeidallah

Kickstarting The Muslims are Coming!

Negin Farsad

Feature films are another medium being used by Arab Americans to tell their own stories to the broader community. In recent years, movie dramas such as Amreeka and Salt of This Sea have presented Arab American characters in thoughtful, realistic portrayals. Now, comedians Dean Obeidallah (right) and Negin Farsad (left) are working to complete their new documentary, The Muslims are Coming!. The film follows a group of Muslim American comics performing free shows in the American heartland in an effort to use comedy to dispel misconceptions and foster understanding. If the pair succeeds in raising the final $40,000 to complete their film online at by May 26, you can expect a Fall 2012 release. Click HERE to chip in.

Amer Zahr

“Tarab Together” with Amer Zahr
This Friday

Abdel Halim Harez

Will you achieve ecstatic musical surrender or merely laugh yourself to tears? Comedian/writer Amer Zahr (right) has been drawing hundreds of people to the Lower Level Auditorium in recent months with his 1001 Laughs at the Museum series; at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 4 he’ll bring along his oud to stage an audience-participation event focused on the songs of Abdel Halim Hafez (left), considered a member of the “Great Four” of Arabic music along with Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Farid Al Attrach. Tickets for this fun sing-along are $15, available HERE or by calling 734.945.4575.


Health & Mutated Bugs

May 6, 12, 20
Green Free Craft Sundays

These weekly sessions are designed to expose young people ages 6-12 to cultures and activities outside their normal experience. AANM educators lead all sessions; all supplies are provided. There is no charge to take part, and Museum admission is free for everyone on Sundays. The upcoming series of sessions focuses on “green” crafts – creating new items by using materials we’d typically toss in the trash. May 6: Healthy & Mutated Insects. May 12 (SATURDAY SESSION): Paper Bead Necklace for Mothers Day. May 20: Plastic Lid & Bottle Art. Click HERE to view the complete schedule and to RSVP (required) for your child. A parent or guardian must accompany participants.

Free Craft Sundays is made possible in part by Blake and Brady Hishmeh and Blick Art Materials

This activity is presented in conjunction with the Watch Your Waste e-Museum at, a joint project of the Arab American National Museum and the Children’s Museum Jordan in Amman, Jordan

La Chispa

May 17
Global Thursdays: La Chispa and Company

Flamenco dance phenom Valeria Montes, aka La Chispa (The Spark), is one of the most popular performers ever presented at the AANM. Trained in her native Mexico, Spain and the U.S., La Chispa, a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow, is known for her passionate and graceful interpretation of flamenco cante (song) and for the fireworks of her complex rhythmic zapateado (footwork). La Chispa presents her newest production, Duendeando, accompanied by some of the most renowned U.S. and Spanish flamenco artists and a stellar live band. Global Thursdays performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Auditorium; tickets are $10/$9 Museum Members, available in advance online HERE and at the door.

Global Thursdays is made possible in part by DTE Energy, Masco and Comerica

Empty Bowls

May 18
Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Enjoy a delicious meal of soup and bread in a one-of-a-kind bowl (yours to keep) created by a Dearborn Public Schools (DPS) art student, while assisting in the fight against hunger as part of Empty Bowls, an international fundraising initiative founded 21 years ago by a DPS grad. Your minimum $5 donation will support Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan as it feeds our neediest neighbors. This program is a collaborative effort of the Dearborn Public Schools and the AANM; soup is being provided by Byblos Banquets and Habib’s Cuisine in Dearborn, with bread donated by Bona-Venture in Eastern Market. Join us in the AANM Community Courtyard 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 18 – bring a friend or family member!

This event is presented in conjunction with the current AANM exhibition Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country


May 24
DSO Neighborhood Chamber Recital

Members of the world-renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform as soloists and chamber musicians in this dynamic, eclectic program in the AANM’s intimate Lower Level Auditorium. The featured selection is Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass, Op. 39 (1923) in G minor; other selections, performers TBA. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Tickets are $15 in advance HERE and at the door; tickets are also available through the DSO Box Office at 313.576.5111 or HERE. This performance is part of a series of DSO concerts taking place throughout southeast Michigan; click HERE to view a list of upcoming performances.

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Lt. Col. James Jabara

Through June 10, 2012
Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country

Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States of America since its inception, contributing to our society in myriad ways, including public service. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the substantive role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history. Patriots & Peacemakers highlights three specific areas of service: the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service and the Peace Corps. Personal narratives highlight Arab American men and women of different national and religious backgrounds from across the nation. The exhibition also encourages visitors to consider what role commitment to service plays in their daily lives.

In the Main Floor Gallery; free with Museum admission.

Download the Patriots & Peacemakers brochure HERE.

NEW! Click HERE for information about a May 18 event related to this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible by the Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Chevron

Domingo Del Banos

Through June 10, 2012
Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We" in "We, the People"?

The AANM invites everyone to expand the national conversation launched by the Veterans Day 2011 opening of Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country. Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We" in “We, the People"? highlights the stories of seven diverse individuals, their service to their country during World War II and their civic engagement that helped to change American democracy for the betterment of all. These stories help viewers to understand the conditions facing Americans before and during World War II while challenging them to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America – themes also addressed in Patriots & Peacemakers.

In the Lower Level Gallery; free with Museum admission.

This exhibition is presented by the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum, with major support provided by the U.S. Army Center for Military History. The traveling exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of the Boeing Company.

Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes

Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling
Arab Stereotypes

Where do stereotypes about Arab Americans originate? What effects do they have on us as individuals and as a nation? How can they be defused? These are just a few of the significant questions explored in Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes, the AANM's powerful web-exclusive multimedia exhibition at Guest curated by Dr. Evelyn Alsultany of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Reclaiming Identity traces the history of these stereotypes, provides the tools to identify and understand them, and asks viewers to record their reactions and responses to what they have learned in the site's blog. It also offers perspectives on other segments of American society that are subject to stereotypes.

Blog posts every three weeks; click HERE to view.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and Arts of Citizenship


Watch Your Waste e-Museum

The AANM and the Children's Museum Jordan in Amman have joined forces to engage Jordanian and American youth on environmental issues related to garbage. Middle schoolers in both countries have been contributing to the Watch Your Waste e-Museum, an online platform for sharing information and images as they research the ways trash puts a heavy burden on our planet and how our daily consumption contributes to the problem. The program mascot, Albiss (Super Cat) was inspired by feral felines in both nations for whom trash is a food source.

Click HERE to learn about a series of FREE “green" craft sessions for kids ages 6-12 running through May 20.

Watch Your Waste is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Museums and Community Collaborations Abroad program, administered by the American Association of Museums

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