Welcome to DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts! For over a decade, AANM has provided hundreds of artists and scholars a safe, welcoming environment in which to connect, exchange ideas and document emerging trends in the creation of Arab American art. Inaugurated in 2006, DIWAN has played a pivotal role in the Museum’s effort to build community through the performing and visual arts. In addition to shedding light on the creative output of Arab Americans, DIWAN has fostered relationships that have led to new collaborations, exhibitions and public programs.

DIWAN is now part of MOVE 2017!

Uniting DIWAN with this compelling new national conference powered by ACCESS offers attendees a more comprehensive forum exploring the state of Arab America by merging discussion centered on art with advocacy and other timely issues impacting Arab American communities. AANM strongly encourages artists to submit proposals to ensure robust creative representation at this major event.

Throughout this most recent election cycle, we have witnessed the frightening normalization of hate-speech and demonizing rhetoric against our community, which has led to dangerous and discriminatory policies. There is a renewed need to unite in solidarity and elevate the Arab American voice. Now, more than ever, communities must come together to speak out and speak up. We want to hear your voice and invite you to share your expertise at MOVE 2017: An Arab American Summit to Advance Social Change.

On November 16 – 18, 2017, ACCESS and its three national institutions – the Arab American National Museum (AANM), the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) – will leverage the energy and engagement of Arab Americans in a summit to Mobilize, Organize, Vocalize and Empower (MOVE) the national community. At this unique gathering, stakeholders and allies will have an opportunity to connect and form relationships, dialogue with and learn from one another about the most pressing issues facing the community and develop a shared agenda for social change.

Submit a Workshop Proposal

We are currently accepting workshop proposals for MOVE 2017. Our committee is interested in interactive presentations that showcase forward movement and a call to action at the community level. Sessions should  include at least one of these themes: DIWAN (arts), activism, nonprofit development, philanthropy, and building youth leadership. Submissions are due April 30. For more information and to access the RFP, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MOVE2017.

We want to hear from you as we plan our event. Complete this survey or to tell us what topics you’d like covered, what presentations and speakers you’d like to see, and what type of experience you are looking to have.

We look forward to seeing you in November as we work together for social change.