Arab American National Museum explores the concept of home with season of events

The Arab American National Museum is one of those cultural institutions that make Dearborn a special place to live, work, and visit.

Its current exhibit, The Far Shore: Navigating Homelands, examines the concept of home, and more to the point, what it’s like to be displaced from it. That exhibit runs through April 7, 2019.

According to the museum, its entire slate of exhibits and programs scheduled throughout the remaining winter and spring months are inspired by the Homelands exhibit and somehow relate to the concept of home.

Beginning Feb. 19, students in ages ranging from 10 to 16 years old can take a 10-week photography course. Students can use their smartphones or provided point-and-click cameras to document their own realities and daily lives.

The Arab Film Series at AANM continues Thursday, Feb. 21 with Stories Never Told: Yemen’s Crises and Renaissance, which documents the crises there through art. On Thursday, April 18, it’s Wild Relatives, a documentary exploring Norway’s Global Seed Vault and Syria’s own seed bank, lost to war.

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar will host writing workshops at various dates yet to be determined throughout the months of March and April.

Palestinian music group 47SOUL performs with local musician Tammy Lakkis on Friday, March 8.

On Thursday, March 21, hip-hop artist and activist Omar Offendum discusses the Little Syria neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.

The second annual AANM Book + Print Festival returns on Friday, April 5 and features books and prints vendors, printing demonstrations, artist talks, entertainment, and new comics zines created by participants in the Dearborn Comics Workshop led by artists Leila Abdelrazaq and Aya Krisht.

Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist, music producer, and writer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Frank Waln performs a concert on Friday, May 3.

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MJ Galbraith is a writer and musician living in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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