Moving off the stage, out of the studio, and into virtual and unconventional spaces has been challenging. But, we adapted, persevered, and reimagined how to teach, create, and perform Black music and dance.
African American Choral Ensemble
Directed by Dr. Raymond Wise
We keep singing to maintain hope, joy, and belief that days will get better.View the Choral Ensemble performance
African American Dance Company
Directed by Stafford C. Berry Jr.
We reclaimed our dancing ground, moving past the studio space and communing with the Earth.View the Dance Company performance
IU Soul Revue
Directed by James Strong
We raise our voices for the voiceless. We shine our light through music for the hopeless.View the Soul Revue performance
Conversation with Directors and Students
Moderated by Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde
On February 28, 2021, ensemble directors and student panelists came together for a conversation about the process and experience of creating virtual performances during the pandemic.
Support Black Art, Studies, and Excellence
To all who believe in the power of the arts and value diversity, we ask for your support. COVID-19 has caused financial challenges for the African American Arts Institute (AAAI). So, in addition to viewing virtual performances, please give. You can make a gift to the AAAI, or specially to the African American Choral Ensemble, African American Dance Company, or IU Soul Revue.