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 2020-21 is generously supported by


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Artists + Residents applications are currently closed. The next Open Call will be announced 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.

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” 


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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