DA; The mission of the Arab American National Museum (AANM) is to document, preserve, and present the history, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans.
MH: What in your background--personal and professional--drew you to work at AANM?
Shortly after, as I was finishing graduate school, I learned about AANM and its vision for empowering Arab Americans.
DA: A key interpretive strategy at AANM is telling community history through personal stories, illustrated by the artifacts on display.
MH: How and why has AANM positioned itself as a national museum, as opposed to a state- or city-level museum?
forms part of the Al Ain Oasis Cultural Quarter Master Plan and is located within the centre of downtown Al Ain within an Eastern Cultural Campus that is a flagship cultural quarter for Al Ain.
Regarding placement, the City works closely with AANM
to balance the needs of the apartment owner, existing residents and the homeless veteran being placed in the community.
Executive Director Kelle Senye says Albuquerque Heading Home has housed over 450 people, and maintains an 80 percent retention rate.
Accompanied by several other New Mexican organizations also there to meet with their senator, AANM representatives Kelle Senye and Chuck Sheldon shared a few minutes of face-to-face time with Udall before meeting separately with Legislative Assistant Sabrina De Santiago.
In speaking with De Santiago, Senye, Executive Director of AANM, highlighted the importance of immigration reform and the concern that apartment owners and managers are being asked to act as the "immigration police."
Naturally, many apartment owners are apprehensive, says Kelle Senye, Executive Director for AANM
. Some of the homeless individuals who were interviewed not only have life-threatening illnesses, but have been homeless for nearly 20 years.
"I believe that AANM
is very important in ensuring high quality rental housing in our state," Smith said.