Artists + Residents

The Arab American National Museum’s Artists + Residents program is a platform for established and emerging artists to cultivate and grow their practices while immersed in a supportive environment that encourages 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 a studio 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 inspiration, dialogue and collaboration.

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Artists + Residents applications are currently open for 2023. This open call closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 31, 2022. Spaces are very limited, and applications are reviewed by a committee. Applicants should expect to hear back from AANM staff by mid-August. Learn more and apply here.

All artistic practices welcome to apply. The artist-in-residence is expected to lead some form of community-based public programming as part of their residency.

In our upcoming season, AANM will be immersed in arts and cultural projects that speak to the theme of مثمر muthmir: Cultivating New Beginnings. Gardening and plant cultivation is a long-held cultural practice throughout the Arab diaspora. Between our vision of AANM as a garden for cultivating new ideas and artistic projects, being a space for cross-pollination between communities, and the more tangible value in growing species from far away homelands right here in Dearborn, a season filled with projects centered around the theme of Cultivating New Beginnings will be inspiring, far-reaching, and fruitful. Artists are invited to apply for a 2023 AANM Artist Residency with projects that speak to this theme. Please feel free to interpret this theme as you wish.

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 to and from the residency is not covered, although certain local travel within the duration of the residency that supports the resident’s work may be covered.

For questions, contact aanmresidency “at” 


Donia Jarrar | April-June 2022

Dahlia Elsayed & Andrew Haik Demirjian | July-Aug. 2022 

Amanda Ekery | Sept.-Oct. 2022


Suhad Khatib | Feb.-March 2022

Alia Ali | Oct. 2021 + Jan. 2022

George Abraham & Fargo Tbakhi | Nov.-Dec. 2021

Zahra Almajidi | Oct.-Nov. 2021

Leyya Mona Tawil | Sept. 2021

Dana El Masri | Aug. 2021

Deena Mohamed | July 2021

Denmo Ibrahim | May-June 2021

Lara Atallah | April 2021

Andrea Assaf | Feb. 2021

Almigdad Aldikhaiiry | Jan. 2021

Zahir Janmohamed | Nov. 2020

Leila Awadallah | Sept.-Oct. 2020

Mona Kareem | July-Aug. 2020

Ibi Ibrahim | July-Aug. 2020

Mariam Bazeed & Kamelya Omayma Youssef | June 2020

Yasmine Nasser Diaz | March 2020

Alia Taqieddin | Feb. 2020

Baraa Ktiri | Jan. 2020

Maya James | Nov.-Dec. 2019

Levon Kafafian | Sept.-Nov. 2019

Jacqueline Reem Salloum | Aug. 2019

Farah Al-Qasimi | July-Aug. 2019

Frank Waln | April-May 2019

Zeyn Joukhadar | March-April 2019

Leila Abdelrazaq | Jan.-March 2019

Maria Del Carmen Montoya + Ghana ThinkTank | June-July 2018

Ping Chong & Co. + Sherrine Azab | April-May 2018

Noor Theatre + Ismail Khalidi | Dec. 2017

National Arab Orchestra (NAO) + Mohannad Ghawanmeh | July-Oct. 2017

Ayman Yossri Daydban | June-July 2017

Heather Raffo | Oct. 2016
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