DEARBORN, Mich. — The Arab American National Museum has launched an artists’ residency that provides space for work and living across the street in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn’s former City Hall.

The museum’s first resident living and working at City Hall Artspace Lofts is Ayman Yossri Daydban, a Palestinian conceptual artist from Saudi Arabia. His work is part of “Epicenter X: Saudi Contemporary Art,” which opens Saturday at the museum and features the work of about 40 Saudi artists.

Museum Director Devon Akmon says the goal is to “embed museum experiences directly into the community” and encourage artists to see the city as their studio. Dearborn is widely viewed as the capital of Arab America.

Daydban told The Associated Press his residency, ending this month, makes him “feel brave to ask questions.”

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