Arab Museum student photo program offers training, insight

DEARBORN – The Arab American National Museum will offer a 10-week photography course beginning in January at the museum, 13624 Michigan Ave.

The course, for children ages 11 to 18, will focus on portrait photography and photojournalism. Cost is $50 for Museum Members and $75 for non-members, and the class will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 10 to March 14.

Point-and-shoot digital cameras will be provided to each student. Class size is limited to 20 students

Registration is open through 5 p.m. Jan. 4 and is available by going to

The course is offered through SURA Arts Academy to encourage students to explore their artistic talents as well as their neighborhoods and the greater community. A winner of the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities, SURA offers students ages 11-18 an opportunity to develop digital photography skills and learn to interact with their increasingly diverse world.

The course will be instructed by Piper Carter, former contestant on Tyra Bank’s VH1 Network show “The Shot,” a former Vogue photo intern and current freelancer for “Styleline,” “Ambassador” and “Essence” magazines.

SURA’s curriculum includes visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques and guest artist visits. Using photography and AANM’s digital Community History Lab, students will tell stories about their lives, community, identity and culture.
Students will develop skills in composition, color, lighting, image storytelling and social-media sharing, while creating an understanding of the connection between images.

AANM will feature SURA students’ work in its Student Photography Exhibition, set for April 8 to June 25. The exhibition will be paired with Reel Stories: Empowering Young Women through the Art of Filmmaking exhibition, a joint video program of the AANM and Palestinian Heritage Museum.