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Past Exhibitions

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country

February 16 - April 14, 2013

Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States of America since its inception, contributing to our society in a myriad of ways, in particular in regard to public service. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history.

Patriots & Peacemakers highlights three specific areas of service: the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service and the Peace Corps. Personal narratives highlight Arab American men and women of different national and religious backgrounds. The exhibition also asks visitors to consider how commitment to service impacts them in their daily lives.

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9066 to 9/11: America’s Concentration Camps, Then...and Now?, a documentary produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center in 2004, will be presented as a companion piece to the Patriots & Peacemakers exhibition. The film focuses on the parallels between the post-September 11 treatment of Arab Americans and Muslims in this country with treatment of Japanese Americans after the start of World War II.


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Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country is made possible with major support provided by The Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, and Chevron.

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Past Events

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Exhibition Closing

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to our Country closes.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Make Some Noise

events/2007-07-14_TargetLogo_3.JPG Get ready for some musical fun! March's theme is music.

• Strum super sounds on a cardboard guitar made by you!
• Build a wooden harmonica and hum a fun tune
• Ruthie's Origami Corner: Make an adorable origami rabbit
• Stop by Patriots & Peacemakers for drop-in tours!

11AM: Doors open

11AM-2PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen will show you how to make delicious Mediterranean hummus wraps with tzatziki

1PM&2PM: Join in on a drum circle with Drumtime!

1:30PM: The Arab American National Museum will present an educational presentation about Arab Americans and their exhibition Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country, on view at JANM through April 14, 2013.

2:30PM: Watch an exciting Japanese taiko performance by TAIKOPROJECT!

3:30PM:The Turath Ensemble will perform traditional Middle Eastern music and drumming

4PM: Doors close

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.


Drumming is a very direct and powerful way to connect mind, body and spirit, invigorating a person with their own life force. And anyone can do it!

The heart beats and the body reacts—we are drumming all the time. Drumming as a group gives the human spirit an opportunity to play with its two deepest desires—to express its uniqueness and to contribute to a greater whole.

A Drumtime drum circle is guided with high energy and caring support to ensure that all its participants may access their innate vitality. And a Drumtime drum circle, no matter how large or small, literally transforms a gathering of people—most with no prior musical experience—into a percussion orchestra!

Participants experience the power of having their personal risks transformed into the elation of group success—giving everyone hands-on shared experiences in joy, transformation and success!

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The TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of premiere taiko drummers dedicated to promoting and advancing the American art of taiko. Through public performances, education, and outreach activities, TAIKOPROJECT is committed to preserving taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese American culture and heritage. In addition to maintaining taiko as a community-based tradition, TAIKOPROJECT also incorporates unconventional and innovative concepts to expand artistic boundaries. Through these values, TAIKOPROJECT seeks not only to entertain audiences, but also to inform them about the history and integrity of taiko as an evolving art form.

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In today’s world, it is common that families rarely get to eat together anymore.

Kidding around the Kitchen shows that families can make and eat food together without a lot of fuss or a huge time commitment. The family food demo helps families with tips on smarter shopping, fun recipe ideas, advice on how to incorporate healthier choices when possible, and advice on how to delegate tasks in an age-appropriate way. This family food demo is a “how to” get everyone involved in the family meal.

Kidding around the Kitchen is for families that have full plates in life as well as wanting a full plate of food to enjoy together. It’s about time well spent. You’ll see your kids get a “we did it” attitude!! This family food demo works on the “try it” premise—all while empowering the kids and family. If we can do it, so can you!!

Kidding around the Kitchen is an adventure in fun, food and family. We are not only making food, we are making memories.

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The Turath Ensemble
The Turath Ensemble grew out of interest in providing educational material about the musical heritage of the Arab World in the US; the word turath is Arabic for 'heritage'. The Turath Ensemble performs at colleges, museums and cultural events songs and instrumentals using traditional instruments and have developed a reputation for their energetic performances that engages audiences.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Exhibition Opening

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to our Country opens.
Friday, February 15, 2013
6:30 PM—9:00 PM

Patriots & Peacemakers Upper-level Member Preview & Reception


Special reception and preview to see Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country before it opens to the public.

By Invitation Only. For more information, contact, or call 213.625.0414.



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