TRIAAC Promotes Cultural Diversity Through Annual Fish Fry

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

September 7, 2013 Updated Sep 7, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art and Culture held its annual fish fry fundraiser and celebration.

On Saturday afternoon, the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art and Culture (TRIAAC) held their annual post-Labor Day fish fry and fundraiser.

The day-long celebration featured fish dinners, music and entertainment from local poets, the Three Rivers Jenbe Drum Ensemble, and Pyroscope Entertainment.

TRIAAC Director Letecia Paige says the organization is about enriching the community with cultural diversity and inclusiveness.

"It's a family environment. It's a place where they can come and express themselves artistically. It's a place where they can come and get some experience with different cultures, different religions. We have all of that here, so it's just a place where you can come and express yourself and be able to experience other people,” said Paige.

Beginning next weekend, TRIAAC will hold child and adult Mande music classes teach people how to play the jenbe drums.

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