MOJA 2019 Juried Art Exhibition

On View during performances September 26 through October 6
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs invites artwork submissions for inclusion in the 2019 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition. The MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day, multi-disciplinary celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. This year’s festival and exhibition dates are Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2019. The 2019 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition will be held at the Cannon Street Arts Center, with local artist and arts educator Alvin Glen serving as juror.

Juror Alvin Glen:

A native of Dorchester, South Carolina, Alvin B. Glen began drawing at an early age. Graduating from South Carolina State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in art education, he went on to become a certified art instructor, band director, and was voted Teacher of the Year. He currently teaches art at Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School, and has been an art teacher for 31 years. Alvin’s mixed-media work, most often made with pencil, fabric dye, spray paint, and watercolor, is especially inspired by children and the elderly. He sometimes creates work reminiscent of people and events from his past, church, school and even his students. Alvin has competed in many juried exhibitions, served previously as a juror, and has exhibited in solo and group art exhibitions extensively, including at the Columbia Museum in Columbia, SC, Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA, MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston, SC, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, I.P. Stanback Museum at S.C. State University in Orangeburg, SC, Spartanburg Arts Center in Spartanburg, SC, and a host of other venues. His work can be found in numerous private, public and corporate collections.

Over There and Here is Me and Me

By Katrina Andry

On view August 23 – December 7
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
College of Charleston | 161 Calhoun Street
Free Admission | Find out more at halsey.cofc.edu

The work of Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Andry explores the stereotypes that engender gentrification. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition provides a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.

Opening Reception

Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Gather in the City Gallery at Waterfront Park to mingle with the artists and leadership of the 2019 MOJA Arts Festival and learn more about the events planned for the 2019 Festival.

Opening Day Street Parade

Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 6:00pm
Admission: Free

Join youth ensembles, community groups, and entertainers to welcome in another MOJA Festival season. Come and see the joyful celebration that features energetic performances, colorful costumes, and the exciting sounds of marching bands! The parade begins at Marion Square and heads down King Street, turning onto Market Street, and ending at the US Custom House at East Bay and Market Streets.

When I First Remember

Dates: Thursday, September 26; 7:00pm
Thursday, October 3; 7:00pm
Venue: Old Bethel United Methodist Church
Address: 222 Calhoun Street
Admission: $21 Adult; $11 Children under 12
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Queen Atterberry of Lady in White Production Company and an ensemble of talented performers blend music, dance, and dialogue to tell the story of the inception of Gullah-Geechee culture, which is unique to the Lowcountry.

Art Forms and Theatre Concepts Presents: Miss Dessa

Dates: Thursday, September 26, 8:00 pm; Friday, September 27, 8:00 pm; Saturday, September 28, 4:00 pm; Sunday, September 29, 6:00 pm
Venue: Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $35 Adult, Senior/Student $30
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“Miss Dessa” is a delightful comedy telling the story of the Warnette family, and the challenges associated with shared inherited property. In “Miss Dessa”, one of the relatives schemes to outwit the relative wielding the power. This powerful and exciting comedy has lots of twists and turns that will have you chuckling out loud.

The production features Juanita B. Greene as Ardessa Warnette, the custodian of the properties and also the person chosen to care for young Gene Warnette, played by Joshua Tolbert, a Senior Theatre major at Charleston County School of the Arts.

Also featured are Jacqueline B. Odom-Mickle as Amanda Pace, the very religious older sister of the Warnette clan (who is totally into her church,) and Saralyn Ortiz, as Althea Long, who wants nothing to do with her or the church. Also included in the cast is Buddy Long, Althea’s husband, played by Domonique Henry and John Fordney, the handsome and athletic plant worker, played by Keith H. Alston who also brings to life Deacon Stamps.


Reggae Block Dance

Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Brittlebank Park
Address: corner of Fishburne and Lockwood
Admission: FREE

Join us for one of MOJAs favorite traditions and dance the night away with your friends and neighbors. Featuring Mighty Joshua, with the Zion 5, and Keith Porter, the founding member of the Itals. Bring your folding chairs and blankets to set up a picnic or enjoy fare from a variety of ethnic and international food vendors.  Please note: coolers are not permitted.

The high energy live performances of Mighty Joshua invite listeners of all ages to experience the uplifting spirit of reggae music.  His powerful voice encourages positive change and the infectious grooves of his backing band the Zion 5 leaves audiences wanting more.

Keith Porter is the original founding member of the legendary vocal harmony group the Itals. Keith continues to sing and share his message of love and unity.  You’re invited to share in an authentic Jamaican Roots, Rock, Reggae experience right here in Charleston!

Coolers are not permitted.


Artist Talk with Synthia Saint James

Date: Friday, September 27, 1:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Join 2019 MOJA Poster Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES as she discusses her work in the the exhibition, “HBCUs: Creating Power through Education.”

The Gullah Lady

Dates: Friday, September 27; 7:00pm
Friday, October 4; 7:00pm
Venue: Old Bethel United Methodist Church
Address: 222 Calhoun Street
Admission: $21 Adult; $11 Children under 12
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Extending the Old Bethel Series, The Gullah Lady will be performed in this historic church by Sharon Cooper Murray as she shares stories and songs in the Gullah-Geechee language.

Real Woman Blues

Dates:  September 27, 7:00 pm; September 28, 7:00 pm; September 29, 4:00 pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: $30 Adult, $25 Senior/Student
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Based on a book of poetry, this choreo-drama production of Real Woman Blues explores issues that have plagued women through the centuries. Matters such as love, family, broken relationships, men, friendships, domestic violence, self-esteem and self-worth. This play takes you on a sisterhood journey of being a woman and all the ups and downs that come with life.

One Day Junior Tennis Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 28th
Time: 10am-2:30pm
Venue: Charleston Tennis Center
Address: 19 Farmfield Avenue
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Carl Campbell and Peggy Bohne

This one-day tournament showcases youth from the Inner City Youth “Courting Kids” Tennis Program and other area programs. Trophies and refreshments will be available for participants. Entry deadline is Wednesday, September 26th. For More information call Peggy Bohne at the Charleston Tennis Center at (843) 766-7401.

Heritage Day

Date: September 28
Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Olde Towne Creek Park, 1400 Olde Towne Road
Admission: Free

Discover a great new park space, Olde Towne Creek Park in West Ashley, as MOJA presents a full day of activities celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture and heritage in the Lowcountry. Community cultural ambassadors will be on hand with a range of offerings and the mainstage will feature a talented lineup of local performers. Activities for children, youth performances, story-telling and workshops are all on offer at what promises to be a delightful day.

Women and Wonder: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 8:00 pm; Doors at 7:00 pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

The Music Hall’s most successful local concert series to date, the “Women & Series” is a fun way to celebrate some of the artists we all love while also celebrating and encouraging our local musicians. The Singers: Zandrina Dunning Christian Smalls Exavia Baxter Alva Anderson Hazel Ketchum Lindsay Holler The Band: Drums – Ron Wiltrout Bass – Corey Stephens Keys – Stephen Washington Guitar – Greg Loney Sax – Chris Williams

Gospel Concert: Good Old Fashioned Gospel Music

Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11
Coordinator: Reverend Randolph Miller
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The program will feature music made famous by artists such as Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar and Andre Crouch.  The sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church will never be the same as Ashley Hale, Mario Dessausure, Elder Javetta Campbell and Reverend Randolph Miller wow the audience with their musical talents.  Come be a part of this wonderful hand clapping, foot stomping experience.

Reverend Randolph Miller is the Newly appointed Pastor of Greater Unity AME Church in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Rev Miller is the Host of Bounce Around Charleston, currently seen on the Bounce Network here in Charleston, SC He enjoys the work of the Church and loves being involved in Community Activities. Additionally, he serves as the Coordinator for the Gospel Segment of the MOJA Arts Festival.

Elder Javetta Palmer Campbell is a member of Christian Praise & Worship Center, the former Reformed House of God, in the Accabee Section of North Charleston, SC. Minister Campbell has ministered in word and song at various churches and ministries throughout the lowcountry, the United States and abroad. Humbled by the doors that God has opened, her prayer is that God is always pleased with her and that someone’s life is changed through her obedience.

A native of Charleston, SC, Elder Mario Desaussure is an anointed psalmist who began singing at the tender age of 3, in the Alpha Omega Reformed House of God Church. Mario has sung with and for various groups and national recording artists throughout the lowcountry, the United States as well as Europe. His motto is, “if I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”

Minister Ashley S. Hale, has a superior talent that has landed her on stages domestically and internationally. Ashley’s passion for performing exudes when she takes the stage and shows effectively by captivating audiences everywhere Ashley’s vocal power began at the age of 5, being reared in the church. Her strong voice has allowed her to stand flat footed on stages internationally by performing in Europe, and many other national platforms.

The Charleston Cut

A collaboration between barbers and beauticians in Charleston, SC.

As part of MOJA Festival 2019, conNECKtedTOO wishes to highlight the integral roles barbers, beauticians, barbershops and beautyshops fill in their communities.

Participating barbers and beauticians will execute individual versions of “the Charleston Cuts” on live models on a specific day and time during MOJA.  This will not be a competitiion or a pageant. conNECKtedTOO will incorporate poetry, music and storytelling to affirm the place of the arts as people’s safe keepers and to amplify the awareness of the events.  A professional photographer will take  pictures of the barbers and beauticians at work with their models as will as the finished cuts.

The collaboration kicks off at Smitty’s Super Seven Barbershop at 1941 Reynolds Avenue September 30 at 5:00pm.

More information at conNECKtedTOO.org

Juried Art Reception

Date: Monday, September 30, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free

Come applaud the incredible work presented at the MOJA Juried Art Exhibition, on view at the Cannon Street Arts Center during MOJA. Artists will be present to share their perspectives and inspiration. Festive and traditional dress encouraged.

Poetry and Storytelling: Regina Duggins

Date: Monday, September 30, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Regina Duggins was born in Brooklyn, New York.  She relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2010 as part of a pact to reconnect to her family’s roots.  Poet, author, and Charleston Black Pride founder, being a voice for the voiceless has been a lifelong mission for Duggins. She began her love of writing poetry in the 7th grade when her English teacher introduced her to poetry writing.  She is a reading interventionist for the Charleston County School District and has also worked with inner-city youth in the Charleston area as an after-school assistant coordinator.

She received her doctorate at Grand Canyon University in organizational leadership with an emphasis on K-12.  She is also the founder of Black Magic Girls Mentoring Program, a parent advocate for Charleston Rise, and a self-published author of two poetry books.  Her first book of poetry, Black Magic, was written in 2017.  Duggins’ second book of poetry, Black Coffee: No Sugar, No Cream, addresses violence as well as women empowerment, living in marginalized communities, the need for inclusion and diversity, police brutality in Black communities, feminist issues, and the importance of voting.

College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Date: Monday, September 30
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church
Address: 5 Glebe Street
Admission: AT DOOR ONLY $15 General Admission | FREE for Students with Valid ID

About the Program:

This year the College of Charleston Gospel Choir will be featuring a vast repertoire of contemporary gospel music from the 1990’s. From artists like Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, to choirs like the Mississippi Mass Choir, West Angeles C.O.G.I.C Mass Choir and many more; you will experience an eclectic variation of contemporary gospel music.

While many white musicians gravitated toward country, folk, and old-timey music to express their spirituality outside of traditional Christian hymns, Black Gospel music drew heavily upon the traditional spirituals that had been passed down from the days of slavery, picking up its more driving rhythmic emphasis from blues and early jazz. Composer and singer Thomas A. Dorsey crystallized the style in 1932 with his epochal “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” and went on to compose a great many songs that later became standards.

As the curtains of 1980 through the 1990’s drew opened, there was a soothing melody found in Contemporary Gospel. This new Gospel gave us peace of mind. A peace of mind that continues to be the foundation of real happiness and that peace is the fruit of our love perfectly fulfilled in song / music. It provided great comfort in knowing that we will one day see Jesus. Contemporary Gospel is a development of our faculties and powers through a relationship with God. It reinforced the belief that God is the Master of our Faith and the Captain of our soul. This new style of music had its crossover into the world of entertainment through such stars as Ray Charles, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Edwin Hawkins Singers (O Happy Day), Andrea Crouch; (The Blood Will Never Lose its Power), which was composed by him when he was only thirteen years of age.
-Brenten Weeks, Director, College of Charleston Gospel Choir


MOJA at CCPL: The World of Anansi the Spider

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Columbia Marionette Theatre presents “The World of Anansi the Spider”
Features several folk tales narrated by the storyteller, Anansi, a classic character featured in African tales which descended to other cultures such as Jamaican and Gullah.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Film Screening

w/ an Introduction and Poetry by Asiah Mae and Marcus Amaker.

Date: Tuesday, October 1 Doors 6:30 pm, Show  7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: $8
Purchase Tickets Here

After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world. Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

View the Trailer Here

PURE presents Last Rites

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 7:30pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: $33
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It’s the second day of the Detroit riots, in the summer of 1967. In the epicenter of the riot, three people take refuge from the chaos in a gas station. As the violence mounts outside, tensions rise inside as the three consider the harsh nature of loss and the inevitable combustibility of their differences. Last Rites considers both the sparks that ignited the violence and the embers that still burn amid the ashes today.

Historic Site Designation

Date: Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00am
Venue: DeReef Praise House
Address: Morris Street, at DeReef Court
Admission: Free

Join the MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committee representatives, elected officials, and neighborhood leaders as this year’s MOJA Historic Site is officially designated. For a complete list of MOJA Historic Sites, please visit www.mojafestival.com.

MOJA at CCPL: Rhythms and Instruments from the African Diaspora

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street

An Edu-Concert

World traveler, musician and cultural educator Daniel Scruggs, creator of Rhythm Moves, leads participants on an interactive journey with instruments and rhythms of the African diaspora from ancient times in Africa to Hip-Hop music of today.  This immersive learning experience will highlight traditional and contemporary rhythms and instrumentation from Africa, South America, North America and the Caribbean Islands.  Each component of the show is rich with audience participation and all in attendance will come away with new perspectives on geography, history, culture, nature, language and the value of peace.

Check out Rhythm Moves here:  https://www.rhythmmoveslive.com/

Find Daniel Scruggs’ Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/rhythmmoves/

Swahili Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: West Ashley Library
Address: 45 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley
Admission: Free

The workshop is designed for children and adults alike, and will allow participants to feel comfortable while learning why Swahili is so important to the Lowcountry, discovering Swahili words they use daily while speaking English, speaking to each other in Swahili, and creating art for Swahili phrases. Swahili is presented as writers of Swahili grammar present it-one of the twelve great languages of the world.

Poetry and Storytelling: Damon Fordham

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Damon L. Fordham, a Spartanburg native who was raised in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is an author and adjunct professor of history at The Citadel and Charleston Southern University. He has researched and written extensively on the lesser-known stories of Charleston’s Black history. He has written three books on the subject, has contributed occasional articles on such stories to The Charleston Chronicle since 1998, and has conducted local tours and lectures. Fordham has also appeared in the Turner South Network Commercial My South Speaks (2006) and the History Channel Documentary The American Revolution (2005). He has served as a commentator for the British Broadcasting Company’s documentary The Real Amos and Andy and the South Carolina Educational Television Documentaries All the Children of All the People, Where Do We Go from Here, and Africans in America-A South Carolina Perspective.  Fordham will tell stories of African folklore and history along with similar tales of Charleston during the MOJA Arts Festival.

Soul in the Garden

Date: Wednesday, October 2 6:30pm
Venue: The Gibbes Museum of Art
Address: 135 Meeting Street
Admission: $20 Members, $25 Non Members, $400 Table For 10
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A few of Charleston’s favorite vocalists; Black Diamond (The Black Diamond Band) and Zandrina (The Zandrina Dunning Experience) are excited to bring you “Soul in the Garden.” The two will join together to bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist under the stars along with a few of their friends.

The Gibbes Museum partners with the Charleston Music Hall to bring outstanding live music performances to the Lenhardt Garden. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair and arrive early to find a spot – or reserve a premium table – and enjoy a plein-air performance under the setting sun.

This concert will feature members of The Black Diamond Band and The Zandrina Dunning Experience. Black Diamond and Zandrina, along with a few of their friends, will bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist.

MOJA Harbor Cruise featuring Dante Lewis

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 8:00 pm; Boarding 7:30 pm
Venue: Spiritline Harbor Cruise aboard the Spirit of Charleston
Address: Harbor Walk Dock at Aquarium Wharf (dock to the left of the Aquarium)

Admission: $25

**SOLD OUT**

“BOARDING @ 7:30PM No backpacks or large tote bags will be allowed onboard Boat has limited handicapped accessibility; please call Spiritline Cruises at (843) 722-2628 for specifics about accessibility “

Dante Lewis is a professional saxophonist based in Columbia, South Carolina. He performs a mix of smooth jazz, classic jazz, R&B, Top 40 and old school music, and most recently released an Anita Baker tribute album entitled, A Sweet Love: Tribute to Anita Baker. Dante channels his genuine personality through his music, which creates a contagious positive energy and a fun, energetic flavor for every audience who hears him play.

Saxophone – Dante Lewis
Bass – Rod Kind
Drums – Fred Burrell
Keys – Superior Edwards


PURE presents Choir Boy

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30pm; Thursday, October 3 7:30pm; Friday, October 4 7:30pm; Saturday, October 5, 3:00pm
Venue: Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $31
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The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Play.


MOJA at CCPL: The Gullah Lady Presents Stories and Songs

Date: Thursday, October 3, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Join us for this interactive program featuring traditional Gullah stories, songs, and instruments. This fun-filled program incorporates handmade art in the stage design and is designed for all ages to enjoy.

Poetry and Storytelling: Carlos Johnson and the Speak Freely Foundation

Date: Thursday, October 3, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Carlos Johnson, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, currently resides in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  Johnson has founded organizations such as The Poetry Show and the Speak Freely Foundation (SFF).   SFF, a non-profit organization, supports local youth in the arts.  Its mission is to support, educate, and enlighten youth through the arts to better their lives as well as society.

The SFF, in collaboration with the City of North Charleston, offers S.L.@.M. (Speaking Life @mong Many) Poetry and Science of Boxing workshops.

Youth from the Speak Freely Foundation programs will present with Johnson.

Southern Boys

Date: Friday, October 4, 7:00 pm; Saturday, October 5, 7:00 pm; Sunday, October 6, 3:00 pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: $37 Adults, $22 Child (12-18)
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This is a musical of historical significance about a group of first generation born free African-Americans who yearn for a life beyond the fields. Their families have decided to stay in the Mississippi Delta, but these “Southern Boys” make a pact to migrate North. This play explores the complexities of this era in time through narratives, blues and movement.

Quiana Parler & Friends

Date: Friday, October 4, 9:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: $25
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Entertainer Quiana Parler is no stranger to the MOJA Arts Festival, but increasingly finds herself on the road across the country and around the world. Long a local favorite, Parler rose to national prominence after her success on the 2003 season of “American Idol,” and from there toured and recorded alongside successful artists as diverse as Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Clay Aiken, Miranda Lambert, and David Foster. Currently, as lead vocalist for internationally, critically-acclaimed roots music group, Ranky Tanky, Parler is using her artistry to bring the musical heritage of the South Carolina Lowcountry to some of the most prestigious stages in the US and Europe, including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Community Tribute Luncheon

Date: Saturday, October 5
Location: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407
Donation: $40 per attendee

Please contact Basil Punsalan at PunsalanB@charleston-sc.gov or 843-577-2311

The MOJA Arts Festival is pleased to bestow awards on outstanding community leaders in recognition of their contributions to the region at this annual outdoor luncheon.

2019 Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees:

Krisalyn K. Gleaton, PharmD.– Medicine
Ms. Mattese Miller Lecque -  Civic and Community Service
Ms. Linda J. Harvey – The Arts
Ms. Carolyn S. Brown – Artist
Mr. Earl Brown – Education
Mr. Nathaniel Jackson – Business
Ms. Francina Smalls-Kobus – Contribution to MOJA
Ms. Wevonneda Minis – Media
Miss Naomi Rosie Booker – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. April D. Mazyck – Rising Star
Mr. Ke’Von Singleton – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. Semaj Fielding – Outstanding College Student
Reverend Charlie L. Murray, Jr., Pastor – Religion

Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 5, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: Free

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. Now in its fourth year, Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers, both young and old.

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the Charleston County Public Library’s resources, stimulating use of the Library, and developing and supporting educational and literacy programs. This year, Black Ink is part of the City of Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival, an annual celebration of African-American culture.

This year’s event will include the following features:

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Black Ink Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Time: 2:00 pm
*Reservations are no longer being accepted. The event has reached maximum capacity*

Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, will be featured as the keynote speaker at this fall’s Black Ink, Charleston’s African American book festival. The festival, a program of the Charleston Friends of the Library and a part of the MOJA Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, October 5, at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Admission is free.

One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards, including Woman of the Year titles from three different magazines and the Governors’ Awards in the Arts from both Tennessee and Virginia.

Charleston Boxing Club and Annual MOJA Cup

Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: Doors 6:00pm, Starts 7:00pm
Venue: Arthur Christopher Community Center
Address: 265 Fishburne Street
Admission: At the door; $15 Adults, $5 Students under 18, Free for children under 8
Coordinators: Osei Terry Chandler

A MOJA tradition, the Charleston Boxing Club Annual MOJA Cup highlights some of the region’s top all-star amateur boxers battling it out in their respective weight divisions. Participants weigh in between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets for the event are only available at the door. Bouts begin at 7pm.

MOJA Finale

Date: October 6
Time: 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Venue: Hampton Park
Address: 30 Mary Murray Boulevard
Admission: FREE

Close out the Festival in style! Everyone in your family will enjoy this free-to-attend celebration of all that the MOJA Arts Festival has to offer. From fascinating vendors and fantastic food choices to an evening of live music brought to you by Motown Throwdown, this party is sure to entertain.  Get ready to dance the night away!

The Motown Throwdown is a powerhouse group of some of Charleston’s best finest soul musicians. Vocalist Kanika “Kay Kay” Moore is backed by saxophonist Mike Quinn, guitarist Dave Grimm, drummer Stuart White and bassist Corey Stephens.

The Glory Road

Date: Sunday, October 13 3:30pm and 7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: $20 in Advance, $25 Day of Show
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The Glory Road is produced by the Music and Christian Arts Ministry of the A.M.E. Church, The Unity Production Group, LLC, and presented by Rivers Enterprises. The cast features over 150 anointed vocalists, liturgical dancers, gospel musicians, talented actors, and other creative artists from all over Charleston and the Lowcountry area. This highly spirited experience promises to be a high spirited celebration and provides an opportunity for the arts to serve as a catalyst for bringing the entire diverse Christian community together.

“The Glory Road” is a gospel musical stage play that provides a soul stirring depiction of judgment day.  After God calls for Gabriel to blow his silver trumpet to wake the living nations and the nations underground, He is going to sit in the middle of the air to judge the quick and the dead.  With the help of the “Celestial Angels,” pilgrims will approach heaven’s door seeking entrance into eternal reward. Those that have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb will enter into the kingdom and join the heavenly choir.  But those who are not able to withstand the evil snares of Satan will be cast into the bottomless fiery pit of hell. The play asks the question, “Where will you stand on that Great Day?”

MOJA is pleased to be a promotional partner for this presentation.

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By Colin Quashie

On view August 23 – December 7
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
College of Charleston | 161 Calhoun Street
Free admission | Find out more at halsey.cofc.edu

Colin Quashie creates images that tease out underlying stereotypes. Combining historical relics and artifacts with icons from past and present popular culture, Quashie sharply critiques the way people of color are portrayed in modern visual culture. In his latest series, called Linked, Quashie juxtaposes images of well-known Black figures with other representations of artifacts to comment on stereotypes as they exist today.

Over There and Here is Me and Me

By Katrina Andry

On view August 23 – December 7
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
College of Charleston | 161 Calhoun Street
Free admission | Find out more at halsey.cofc.edu

Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, she explores the stereotypes that engender gentrification. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition will provide a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.

HBCUs: Creating Power through Education

By: Synthia SAINT JAMES

City Gallery

On view August 23 through October 6

Acclaimed artist Synthia SAINT JAMES—a Trumpet Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and HistoryMaker Award winner, as well as Honorary Doctorate of Saint Augustine’s University, and the creator of the very first United States Postal Service stamp Kwanzaa Commemorative Stamp in 1997—presents her first 12 commissioned Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) paintings created the past eight years (2011-2019). The California-born, self taught artist draws inspiration from her African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jewish in her brightly colored paintings. In HBCUs: Creating Power Through Education, she celebrates the institutes of higher learning, their historic anniversaries, and their inaugurations of presidents.

City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free. City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, and gallery hours of operation are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed July 4. For more information and holiday closures, visit www.charleston-sc.gov/citygallery or call 843-958-6484.

Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color

By Andrew Feiler

City Gallery

On view August 23 through October 6

Photographer Andrew Feiler is a fifth generation Georgian who was raised Jewish in Savannah. His experience as a minority in the South influences his work which has won numerous awards and been featured in museums, galleries, magazines, and newspapers. The artist brings his upbringing to bear in Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color, a photographic study of Morris Brown College. Feiler’s work documents this era and expose the inequity of the fact that while roughly one hundred HBCUs that remain are a mere 3% of colleges in America, they represent more than 10% of African Americans who go to college and more than 25% who earn degrees.

City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free. City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, and gallery hours of operation are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed July 4. For more information and holiday closures, visit www.charleston-sc.gov/citygallery or call 843-958-6484.