IU African American Arts Institute: #Giving Tuesday

IU African American Arts Institute: #Giving Tuesday

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Donate to the IU African American Arts Institute and help students become part of a storied tradition of studying, performing, and preserving the tradition of African American culture while pursuing their academic goals.

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Established in 1974, the Indiana University African American Arts Institute (AAAI), promotes and preserves African American culture through students performing and learning the Black tradition while pursuing their studies in a vast array of fields. Under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Charles Sykes, AAAI's rich history continues to be reflected in the achievements of its alumni who have gone on to successful careers after graduation.  

Your gift will support the African American Arts Institute on the IU Bloomington campus, including:

African American Choral Ensemble:                                                         

  • Led by Dr. Raymond Wise, "ACE" is a proud bearer of traditional African American genres such as spirituals, gospel music, and formal works by African American composers. Last year, during the ensemble's anniversary, ACE voyaged abroad for its first-ever European tour, traveling to several venues in Germany for an experience both the students and their audiences won't soon forget.

African American Dance Company:

  • Helmed by Professor Iris Rosa since it was established in 1974, the African American Dance Company's unique blend of styles from throughout the African diaspora has cemented it as not only a providing ground for aspiring professional dancers, but a strong retention and educational tool for students in a variety of disciplines.  Aside from its popularity on campus and in the Bloomington community, trips like last year's visit to Jamaica and an upcoming cultural exchange in Beijing, China, in December demonstrate the troupe's appeal to a variety of audiences.

IU Soul Revue:

    • Founded in 1971, the oldest of the three groups is currently directed by Crystal Taliafero, who performed in the ensemble as an IU student before embarking upon an acclaimed musical career with the likes of Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, and Bruce Springsteen. Featuring a repertoire of popular Black music from the 1950s to the present, the “Revue” always delivers a crowd-pleasing show, and with its history of launching professional careers, the creativity fostered by their participation brings an obvious benefit to students long after they leave campus. 

    Your gift will be used to support African American Art Institute’s most pressing needs, including experiences that allow students to study the traditions of African American culture. To learn more about AAAI, please visit:  http://www.indiana.edu/~aaai/index.shtml.

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