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Arab American National Museum

September 20, 2011

Post-9/11 Events Across the U.S.
Wham! Bam! Islam! Doc @ AANM Sept. 29
Teachers Invited to Oct. 6 Open House
Family Fun @ Haunted Halloween

September 23: Michigan Arab Orchestra in Concert
September 24: Smithsonian Museum Day FREE ADMISSION
September 25 & October 2: Free Craft Sundays
September 29: Arab American Book Award Ceremony FREE ADMISSION
October 13: Global Thursdays: Armenian Music

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Through November 27: SURA Arts Academy Student Photography Exhibition
Opening November 11: Patriots & Peacemakers
Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes WEB EXCLUSIVE


WTC Memorial lights Post-9/11 Events Across the U.S.

On the heels of the ACCESS/AANM conference U.S. Rising: Emerging Voices in Post-9/11 America earlier this month come more events in cities across the nation, examining life after September 1, 2001. Among them is a series of gatherings taking place over the next few weeks in the San Francisco Bay area, Chicago and New York presented by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding; click HERE for details. The University of Michigan – Dearborn is offering a free public series of 9/11 anniversary events this fall, including an October 13 panel examining the AANM’s online exhibition Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes ( with the exhibition curator Dr. Evelyn Alsultany and other scholars. Click HERE for the complete schedule.

THE 99 Wham! Bam! Islam! @ AANM Sept. 29

See it here first! The new documentary Wham! Bam! Islam! tells the story of Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of the first team of superheroes from the Muslim world, THE 99. Directed by Isaac Solotaroff, the film shows how Al-Mutawa dodges cultural minefields and the harsh realities of the global marketplace as he pursues his goals of bringing new heroes to Muslim children and re-introducing Islam to Western society via comic books. The film airs on national TV October 13 as part of PBS’ Independent Lens series, but you can see it at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the AANM, with both Solotaroff and Al-Mutawa in attendance. Admission is free; seating in the AANM’s Lower Level Auditorium is first come, first served. Read more about the film HERE. This screening is presented by the Arab American Institute and the National Network of Arab American Communities.

Teacher Open House Teachers Invited to Oct. 6
Open House

Educators at all levels are cordially invited to the AANM from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 for a free and fun Open House. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet the Museum’s Education staff and learn about the Arab American community as well as our curriculum-enhancing programs and resources. There will be free educational materials to take home, complimentary refreshments, Museum tours and a raffle with exciting prizes. Kindly RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, October 3, by contacting David Serio at 313.624.0239 or emailing your name, school and phone number HERE. Online RSVP is also available HERE.

Kids at Halloween Party Family Fun @ AANM’s
Haunted Halloween

It’s back! Boys and ghouls of all ages and their parents are invited to celebrate a merry, not scary Halloween at the AANM 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. During Haunted Halloween, children can trick-or-treat in the Museum galleries; enjoy autumn-themed crafts, games and stories; and grab the mic for Kid Karaoke. Kids’ lunch is included in the ticket price; purchase separate raffle tickets during the party for the chance to win cool prizes including a flat-screen TV donated by Meijer. Tickets for Haunted Halloween are $8 at the door or $7 in advance online HERE; call 313.624.0215 for group rates. All children must be accompanied by a parent at this event; no ticket is required for the parent (adult lunches available for purchase).


Nidal Ibourk

September 23
Michigan Arab Orchestra in Concert

The Michigan Arab Orchestra (MAO) opens its fall season at the Arab American National Museum with a performance by the MAO Takht Ensemble, featuring Usama Baalbaki and guest vocalist Nidal Ibourk (right). Tickets, $20, may be purchased in advance by calling 586.354.1576 or 313.522.4700. Established in 2010, the MAO is a nonprofit organization that celebrates classical and contemporary Arab music through educational outreach and performance. For more information, click HERE.

Smithsonian Museum Day

September 24
Smithsonian Museum Day

You’ve heard it said “you get what you pay for,” but in this particular case, you’ll get a lot more! Click HERE to obtain a coupon good for two free admissions to the Arab American National Museum on Saturday, Sept. 24 – Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day. Your AANM is a proud Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where admission is free every day; click HERE to read more about the Affiliations program. Can’t make it to the Museum on Sept. 24? Don’t forget that AANM admission is always free on Sundays.

Ghanaian Adinkra Stamping

September 25 & October 2
Free Craft Sundays

It’s one of the AANM’s most popular programs – the entertaining and educational Free Craft Sundays series. RSVP now to reserve your child’s seat! Created for children ages 6-12, Free Craft Sundays are presented by Museum educators who patiently guide young people in age-appropriate hands-on projects that are both fun and culturally meaningful. Click HERE to check out the six upcoming dates beginning Sept. 18; sessions are limited to the first 25 children accompanied by a parent and RSVP is required. Call 313.624.0210 or email us HERE to make your reservation.

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

Diane Rehm

September 29
Arab American Book Award Ceremony FREE ADMISSION

Reserve your seat now for the Sept. 29 Arab American Book Award ceremony at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. It’s a festive program honoring the winning authors of this national literary competition, with a special tribute this year to the centennial of Ameen Rihani’s The Book of Khalid, presented by NPR program host Diane Rehm (right). The program also includes the presentation of the inaugural Evelyn Shakir Award for Non-Fiction. Admission to the ceremony is free but seating is limited and RSVP is required HERE. Read about the winners HERE.

This event is made possible in part by the Ford Foundation

Ara Topouzian

October 13
Global Thursdays: An Evening
of Armenian Music

This salute to traditional Armenian music includes three artists who are masters of their craft. Ara Topouzian (right) has been featured in multiple PBS documentaries, performing on kanun and various other Armenian and Middle Eastern instruments. Joining Topouzian is oud virtuoso Joe Zeytoonian, who has toured the U.S., Latin America, Japan and Europe, and recorded for Estefan Enterprises and Sony Music. On percussion is the multitalented Myriam Eli playing the darbuka, riqq and bendir. Read more about Topouzian HERE. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the AANM’s intimate, 156-seat Lower Level Auditorium. Tickets, $10/$9 Museum Members, are available in advance ONLINE ONLY; click HERE to purchase. Tickets are also available at the door.

Global Thursdays – a Concert of Colors series – is made possible in part by DTE Energy, MASCO and Comerica

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SURA Arts Academy

Through November 27
SURA Arts Academy Student Photography Exhibition

Opening This Saturday: SURA Arts Academy Student Photography Exhibition (MARV UPDATED) Middle school students from Detroit and Dearborn share their creativity and perspectives in this annual exhibition of photography produced during the 2010-11 sessions of SURA Arts Academy, the AANM’s free, diversity-themed digital photography instruction program and winner of the 2008 Coming Up Taller Award for exemplary after-school programs. This year’s exhibition also features short student videos, as SURA prepares to combine still photography and video instruction in the 2011-12 academic year.

Click HERE to read more about the exhibition, which runs through November 27 in the Lower Level Gallery. Click HERE to learn how to enroll your middle schooler in SURA Arts Academy.

SURA Arts Academy is made possible in part by Skillman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the Muna & Basem Hishmeh Foundation

Lt. Col. James Jabara

Opening November 11
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. Opening on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2011, In the Main Floor Gallery; free with Museum admission. Click HERE for more information.

This exhibition is made possible by Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ford Foundation; Kresge Foundation; and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

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.

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

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