For the Indiana University African American Arts Institute (AAAI), Saturday night’s performance of Potpourri of the Arts in the African American Tradition is unique for a couple of reasons.
AAAI, a program within IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), has welcomed a new face into its group of directors — or rather, welcomed home a familiar face. Additionally, the annual show, which features all three AAAI ensembles — the African American Choral Ensemble, the African American Dance Company, and the IU Soul Revue—is taking place in a bigger venue that allows the ensembles a chance to display their talent in a way that truly fits the diverse performance.
“The name really explains what the Potpourri is about. There’s such a wide range of performance styles that make up the African American tradition. Each ensemble has a very diverse repertoire,” said Charles Sykes, AAAI executive director. “When you come to the Potpourri, you should expect to experience a broad repertoire and great mixture of performance styles.”