Sep 24 2009
It has been well over a month since my first post. Shame on me.
In all actuality, it’s been a crazy month for me. There is a lot of events coming up for the Arab American National Museum, which is terrific, but it entails updating and managing a lot of content in a small span of time.
One of our most intriguing upcoming events, in my opinion, is the opening of our Connecting Communities exhibit.
Connecting Communities is an exhibit that explores the stories of immigrants from around the Detroit area, spotlighting Hamtramck, Dearborn, and Mexican Village, amongst other areas. Individuals give accounts of their experiences as immigrants and how starkly these experiences contrast with the stereotypes and misconceptions held of immigrants. I have a deep personal connection to the exhibit and it’s concept, being a 2nd generation Asian-American myself.
I think it’s going to be extremely interesting to hear the views and stories of these individuals, and what’s even better is that visitors to this exhibit will be given the opportunity to record video of their reactions and relations to these immigrant’s tales right from the exhibit which can be immediately uploaded to YouTube.
Connecting Communities opens Thursday, October 1st with an opening reception beginning at 5:30 featuring complimentary refreshments that is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through March 28, 2010. If you live in the Detroit area, or plan on being around the area anytime between October 1st and March 28th, I highly suggest you check it out. It’s sure to be an enriching experience no matter what background you hail from.
Also beginning on October 1st is Global Thursdays, which is a running event that is held every other Thursday featuring musical performances and film screenings. The first Global Thursday is featuring Rahim AlHaj, a world-renown Oud virtuoso, performing at the Arab American National Museum from 6:30 to 9 P.M. You can buy tickets for this event here.
Besides these two things, there are many more upcoming events & exhibits that are definitely worth checking out. Hopefully as everything slowly begins to calm down for me, I’ll be able to update on a much more regular basis.