Southfield (CW50) – In 2005, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) became the first and only such museum in the United States dedicated to recording the Arab American experience.
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Like any museum, the aim was to document, preserve and present the history, culture and contributions of the people it represents. In this case, no one had ever represented the culture and history of Arab Americans in the form of a museum until the opening of the AANM. Each exhibit covers the Arab world and the history of Arab Americans from the first immigrants who arrived in the late 19th century until today. The museum is also intended to help dispel misconceptions that surround the Arab-American community.
The AANM is not just a museum. They also provide safe spaces for open dialogue and community gatherings and provide educational opportunities for children and students focusing on Arab culture, history, rituals and arts to help them deepen their knowledge of history. Arab-American. The intent is to help bring the community together and build a community that includes Arab Americans whose backgrounds span over 20 countries.
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Diana Abouali, director of the Arab American National Museum, joins Jackie Paige on Community Connect to talk about the purpose of the museum, as well as an overview of Arab American history.
Learn more about ArabAmericanMuseum.org
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