African American Arts Institute

One of a kind for 40+ years

The African American Arts Institute (AAAI) at IU Bloomington is the nation’s first and only university-based program dedicated to the performance and promotion of Black music and dance.

Founded in 1974, the AAAI manages three performing ensembles offered to all IU students as credit-bearing courses through IU's Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

25th Annual Potpourri of the Arts

November 10, 2018
7:30 p.m., IU Auditorium

Celebrate Black music and dance with the African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble, and IU Soul Revue.

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Performing Ensembles

Photo of a male vocalist singing into the microphone during an IU Soul Revue concert.

IU Soul Revue

Directed by James Strong

Established in 1971, the IU Soul Revue performs post-World War II Black popular music, from timeless R&B, soul, and funk to hip hop and other contemporary music styles. The ensemble includes vocals, horns, and rhythm sections.

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Photo of two dancers in the African American Dance Company jump in unison during a performance.

African American Dance Company

Directed by Stafford Berry

The African American Dance Company shares dance of the American and African diaspora including African styles, contemporary, jazz, and other cultural forms.

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Photo of a female vocalist with her arms raised in the African American Choral Ensemble.

African American Choral Ensemble

Directed by Raymond Wise

The African American Choral Ensemble features a broad repertoire of African American choral music including spirituals, Gospel, and formally composed works.

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1974Year the AAAI was founded at IU Bloomington making it the first and only credit-bearing program dedicated to Black performing arts

10,000+Audience and community members reached annually through performances, workshops, panel discussions, and lecture demonstrations

Raymond Wise, African American Choral Ensemble Director

As a singer, dancer, pianist, composer, choral director, lecturer, and teacher, Raymond Wise regularly serves for orchestras, opera companies, and choral festivals throughout the nation and abroad. Wise has penned more than 600 compositions. Read Wise’s full bio here.

A taste of soul

The IU Soul Revue is famous for dynamic performances of R&B, soul, funk, and contemporary Black popular music.

Storytelling in motion

The African American Dance Company celebrates Black bodies and stories through dance of the African diaspora.

Inspiring audiences around the world

The African American Choral Ensemble is known for moving audiences through powerful songs that speak to the soul and spirit of the Black and human experience.

Booking + Marketing Inquiries

Hannah Crane
Events & Communications Specialist
hmcrane@indiana.edu
812-855-3676

General Information

Cassie Potts
Office Coordinator
aaai@indiana.edu
812-855-9501