We literally stopped traffic! 

On May 5, 2005, thousands of people lined up to be among the first to visit the Arab American National Museum. A major thoroughfare, Michigan Avenue, was closed to accommodate the crowds. At 5 p.m., the doors opened. It was an historic moment – our community opening its own national cultural institution to tell our own stories, in our own words, with our own photos and personal artifacts.  

Now, 10 years later, we have much to reflect upon and much to celebrate! Over the course of the AANM’s 10th Anniversary Year, we will use this page to share with you what we have done over the last decade and what we are doing to mark this important anniversary. And we encourage You to share your memories via social media using the hashtag #AANM10.  

Click HERE to view images from the March 27, 2015 10th Anniversary Year Kick-Off and Ribbon-cutting for AANM’s new expansion, The Annex.

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Official 10th Anniversary Year Events

May 5-October 4, 2015

TEN: The Exhibition
A group exhibition of 10 leading Arab American artists including Sama Alshaibi, Joyce Dallal, Mary Tuma and Lalla Essaydi, guest curated by Maymanah Farhat.

Friday-Saturday, May 8-9, 2015

DIWAN6: A Forum for the Arts national artists conference
Includes Friday, May 8 opening reception for TEN: The Exhibition

June 1-30, 2015

Close to Home: California’s Arab American Artists
This group exhibition featuring John Halaka, Doris Bittar and Olfet Agrama takes place in the new southern California venue House of Lebanon; opening reception May 31, 2015.

June 5-14, 2015

AANM Arab Film Festival @ Cinetopia International Film Festival
Includes screenings at AANM, Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater; lineup includes new feature films and shorts by Arab American and Arab World filmmakers.

June 12-August 6, 2015

Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

Jerusalem Fund Gallery (a tour stop for the AANM exhibition that debuted in 2013)

July 4 + July 9-12, 2015

23rd Concert of Colors
diversity-themed free music festival presented by AANM at multiple venues in Midtown Detroit. Headliners include Moroccan music master Hassan Hakmoun (left) and the 8th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue featuring indigenous music of the Motor City.

July 31-November 15, 2015

The Youth/Dhallinyarada

In the Lower Level Gallery, a photo documentary project that profiles 13 young Somali men living in Minnesota who are actively and positively engaged in the community.

September 10-December 18, 2015

Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

MIT Museum at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (a tour stop for the AANM exhibition that debuted in 2013)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AANM Grand Gala, MGM Grand Detroit
The Museum’s largest annual fundraising event features dining and dancing in an elegant setting.

December 4, 2015-May 8, 2016

An exhibition (title TBA) telling the story of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, founded by Lebanese American actor Danny Thomas.

May 2016

--Ten new individuals will be added to the AANM’s Making An Impact permanent exhibit

--Arab World/Arab American Culture celebration for families (date TBA)

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