Arab American museum accredited by industry group

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Arab American National Museum says it’s earned a coveted piece of industry credibility: accreditation.

The museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn announced Monday that it’s been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The industry group says about 6 percent of U.S. museums hold the recognition, or 1,005 of about 17,500 museums.

Michigan has 25 accredited museums.

The accreditation process examines all aspects of a museum’s operation. It includes a year of self-study and a visit by peer reviewers, and can take several years.

Museum spokeswoman Kim Silarski says accreditation is an important “seal of approval” for funding organizations, lenders of art and objects, and the public at large.

The museum opened in 2005, and Silarski says it has been working toward accreditation since 2007.

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Online:

http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org

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