By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN — After conducting a national search for a new director, the Arab American National Museum instead chose to promote its deputy director into the lead role. They announced the decision June 28.
Devon Akmon replaces founding director Anan Ameri, who retired in May.
Akmon has been with the museum since it first opened in 2005 when he was the curator of community history. He became the deputy director in 2009 and has also overseen the daily operations at the museum for the past year.
Akmon also said that he is “excited” about taking over as director and that the museum is looking toward the future.
“We hope to expand on the visitor experience at the museum by creating ways for the visitor to immerse themselves in the east Dearborn area surrounding us,” Akmon said.
He added that culinary tours along Warren Avenue would be an example of giving visitors a real feel for the culture in the area.
In a statement regarding the promotion, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services Executive Director Hassan Jaber said the “appointment came after an exhaustive search of top local and national talent by a committee comprised of leaders of cultural institutions and non-profit organizations.
“Devon holds the qualities required to lead the Arab American National Museum into its future. He’s been an integral part of museum leadership since day one. He is creative, innovative and possesses the tested talent to enhance this national treasure that attracts attention from across the globe.”
The museum is a program of ACCESS’s Cultural Arts Program.
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