MOVE 2017

Friday November 17

9:00 AM  –  6:00 PM


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!


*November 16 Pre-Conference Activities*

MOVE attendees will have the option of attending a bus tour of Dearborn or Detroit on Thursday afternoon and a welcome reception on Thursday night.  

The Detroit bus tour will explore history of social justice and civil rights movements in Detroit, stopping at significant locations in the city’s rich history.

The Dearborn bus tour will explore Dearborn’s broader history and will also feature a food component with stops at iconic restaurants and bakeries.

While most meals are included in the registration fee, we also encourage you to take lunch on your own to explore the area and network in smaller groups. A hospitality sheet will be provided with all of the must-visit locations in Dearborn and Detroit.


To help us plan for tours and meals please indicate below in "Activities and Meals" which you plan on attending.