MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition

On View: September 28-October 8; Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

This annual juried art exhibition features work from artists living in the Southeast in a range of styles and media. In it, viewers will find artworks in photography, painting, drawing, graphic arts, fiber arts, sculpture, ceramics, basketry, and more.
This year’s juror is Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, whose work has been exhibited at the City Gallery as part of the 2016 exhibition Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya is an artist, storyteller, and author. With a background in costuming and academic studies in African Art and religious art forms, she has developed an art practice that includes writing and following the rich cultural tradition of the African Masquerade through doll making and metaphysical interpretation. Her published works include Kwanzaa: A Learning Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Children.

Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase

Visual Arts- Libation

On View: September 28-October 29; Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

In the tradition of the Ancestors of Black people in America and abroad, the giving of libation has been a practice which is deeply rooted in black culture. It’s not just the action of pouring out a drink for those who are no longer on earth with us, but much more than that: it’s the recollection, remembrance, and celebration of the life and lifetimes of those who have passed on to other side as an Ancestor.

This exhibition consists of mixed media works, a short film installation, as well as a wall-to-floor installation. The artists offer healing to the community on a local and state-wide level, as they examine a lack of acknowledgement for the diverse experiences through many people’s lives in the black community. Artists include Roni Nicole Henderson (film, photography); Dogon Krigga (graphic design); and 2017 MOJA poster artist, Cedric Umoja (multi-media, muralist).

Cedric Umoja, Visual Artist

Visual Arts- Dance of the Ancestors: Egungun Masquerade

On View: September 28-October 29; Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

City of Charleston, the masquerade has arrived! The Masquerade is an integral part of culture and tradition, often taking part of yearly festivals, weddings, birth of children, funeral rites, and family observances: uniting the ancestral presence with the living, connecting the past to the present while moving forward to the future. Dance of the Ancestors: Egungun Masquerade focuses primarily on the Yoruba tradition of masquerade, the many styles reflecting the diversity and creativity of the culture through the artistic eye of Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, who started creating these ancestral vessels in 2015 to educate the general public about the masking traditions throughout the continent. Prominently featured is the creation of a full size Gelede Mask costume and photo documentary of the mask in process. This exhibition features various styles of Masquerades from West Africa, primarily based upon Yoruba culture, as represented through small sculpture and a full sized creation of a mask, Ere: Spirit in Cloth. Dance of the Ancestors will have a performance function to dance the mask bringing its energy to life and bless all those who witness its “magic.” Artist: Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, Cleveland, OH; Curator: Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, Adjunct Professor, College of Charleston, Executive Director of the Gullah Society, and Project Director of the Gullah Society Sacred Burial Ground Projects; Curatorial support: Jody Berman, PhD Candidate and Robin Poynor, PhD.

Harold Smith Adult Tennis Tournament

Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1 at 9:00am
Venue: St. Andrews Parks and Playground
Address: 1095 Playground Road
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Carl Campbell, Phil Burke, Brian Burke and Nathaniel Mercer

The Harold Smith Adult Tennis Tournament is a USTA sanctioned tournament. Entry deadline for participants is Wednesday, September 27 by noon ($38 for adult singles; $23 per player for adult doubles). For more information, please call Phil Burke at (843) 763-4360.

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. presents Fences

Friday, September 29 at 8:00pm; Saturday, September 30 at 4:00pm; Sunday, October 1 at 6:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $35

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts presents August Wilson’s Fences, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama from his well-known Pittsburgh Cycle, consisting of ten plays, each set in a different decade and aiming to explicate the Black experience in the 20th century. The story follows Troy Maxson, former Negro league baseball athlete turned sanitation worker, depicting race relations in 1950’s Pittsburgh with uncommon richness, density and emotion. In this pre-civil rights movement moment, the tension is palpable as Troy comes to terms with a world he never had access to and his youngest son looks for his own chance to play ball.


Gospel Concert: A Back-Home Gospel Hour

Sunday, October 1 at 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11 General Admission
Coordinator: Theresa J. Hilliard


An annual MOJA tradition, the Gospel Concert promises to be an afternoon of remarkable performances from talented local singers that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.

Charleston native Anthony Burke sang with the Chapel Choir at Tennessee State University and with the third U.S. Army Soldier show while on active duty.  He directs the Men’s Ensemble of Central Baptist Church and the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ensemble.  Tony has many musical credits in the performances of many productions including Porgy and Bess both at home and abroad.

Reverend Randolph Miller is the pastor of Nichols Chapel AME Church.  He, along with the Edisto District Mass Choir, produced a CD entitled Lowcountry Gospel featuring, T’is The Old Ship Of Zion, the song he performed in the presence of President Barack Obama at the funeral services of Reverend Clementa Pinckney.  He is the proud talk show host of Bounce Around Charleston.

Javetta Palmer Campbell is a member of Christian Praise & Worship Center, the Reformed House of God under the pastoral leadership of her mother.  Minister Campbell has ministered in word and song at various churches and ministries throughout the Lowcountry, the United States and abroad.  She, along with her sisters, are members of the group Integrity.

Charleston native, Ashley Hale, known for her big voice, has been afforded many opportunities to sing in different arenas and has performed in stage plays like Bubbling Brown Sugar and Life 1&2.  Ashley travels overseas to Italy during the winter season on a Gospel tour with Michael Brown and F.O.C.U.S.

Johns Island native, Christal Brown Heyward, currently serves as Lead Psalmist of St. John’s Episcopal Chapel in Charleston.  Christal has been a musician for over 30 years.  She started singing in church at the age of 6.  Christal is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, Grand Canyon University, and is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Worship Studies at Robert Webber Institute of Worship in Florida.

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, under the leadership of his great-grandfather, the late Bishop Aaron H. Moore, Sr.  He is currently a member of First Baptist Church on beautiful James Island, where he serves as the Director of music under the leadership of Rev. Charlie L. Murray, Jr.