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!

MOVE 2017 is a first-of-its-kind national gathering of Arab Americans that will convene people representing various fields, interests and perspectives to discuss the most pressing issues facing our community.  Produced by ACCESS, the nation’s largest Arab American organization, and its three national institutions – the Arab American National Museum (AANM), the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) and the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) – this two-day convening will leverage our diverse experiences and provide space for artists, activists, scholars, philanthropists, organizations and others from the Arab American community to connect, learn and exchange ideas. Merging and building on AANM’s biennial DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, NNAAC’s Arab American Summit, and CAAP’s philanthropic leadership, MOVE 2017 will encourage attendees to explore intersectionality in a safe environment that is conducive to networking, discovery and the facilitation of critical conversations on a wide range of issues impacting our community.  Join us as we work to Mobilize, Organize, Vocalize, and Empower Arab Americans.

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 May 15. 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.