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    UM Dearborn center among groups to win $2.3 million in grants for cultural projects

  • Fifteen groups receive grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 for cultural projects


  • Groups selected from about 200 applicants across the United States


  • Projects aim to boost relationships among Muslims and non-Muslims
  • The University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Arab American Studies received a grant to expand "Halal Metropolis," a three-year project exploring how Muslim culture has enriched southeastern Michigan.

    It was selected among 15 groups to receive a total of $2.3 million in grants for cultural projects, including documentaries on Muslim veterans and an Arabic theater productions.

    The New York-based Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art on Thursday announced that the groups were selected from about 200 applicants across the United States for its Building Bridges Program. They received grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 for projects that aim to boost relationships among Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors.

    Recipients include Kartemquin Films for making short-format documentaries about post-9/11 U.S. Muslim veterans and the Cleveland Public Theatre, which is creating a permanent ensemble dedicated to Arabic-language productions.