Writers’ Workshops

SPONSORED BY: The Joanna Foundation
Monday, September 29 through Friday, October 3 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Admission: Free
Coordinator: Bev Prince-Muhammad

A series of writer’s workshops for pre-selected Charleston County middle school is facilitated by Arthur Gilliard.  This year Charleston Development Academy Public Charter is the selected school.

4th Graders Read Out

Friday, October 3 from 9:00am-10:00am
Various Venues
Admission: Free
Coordinators:  Dorothy Harrison, Elease Amos-Goodwin and Dr. Karen Chandler

4th grade students from pre-selected Charleston County Schools participate in a special reading program in which students receive a free copy of the book, Iggie’s House, by Judy Blume.    The story concerns Winnie, whose best friend Iggie has moved away. The new family moving into Iggie’s house are the first African-Americans in the neighborhood. While Winnie is quick to make friends with the new kids, she realizes that some people, possibly including her own parents, have trouble seeing past a person’s color.

Youth Forum – Poetry Slam

Friday, October 3 at 9:15am
Saint John’s High School,  1518 Main Rd, Johns Island
Admission: Free
Coordinator: Leroy Lewis

Charleston County School District students share their thought about the topic “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In this competitive event, poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. The slam is designed for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects of the show, including the poet’s performance, the judges’ scores, and the host’s banter.

31ST Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition

September 4-October 3
Monday-Friday; 10:00am-5:00pm, closed daily from 12:30pm-1:30pm
Reception & Awards Ceremony: Sunday, September 21, 5:30pm-7:00pm
McKinley Washington Auditorium, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street
Juror: Doris Colbert Kennedy
Coordinator: Francina Smalls-Joyner

Featuring regional artists, this annual juried art exhibition gives cash awards for Best in Show and two runners-up. Artists selected to participate in this year’s exhibition are Kelvin Bluffton, Sr., Shelley Bonner, Karen W. Brown, KTC (Karole Turner Campbell), Jeremy Darby, Octavious Dowling, Andrea Hazel, Latasha Hollins, Katherine Houghton, JahSun, Cindy Male, Dorothy Montgomery, Judy Mooney, Bridget Murray, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr., Celia Pray, David Sanders, Georgette W. Sanders, Patricia E. Sabree, and 515 a.k.a Ricki Washington.

Doris Colbert Kennedy, this year’s juror, is a fourth generation Washingtonian, but now lives in North Charleston, SC. She earned her BFA and MFA in painting and art history at Howard University where she studied under Dr. James A. Porter, Dr. David C. Driskell, Lois Jones and Skunder Boghassian. Doris once served as Artist-in-Residence at Howard University. She is a founding member of The National Association of Ghanaian Artists. She has also been a consultant for the Washington Project for the Arts (W.P.A.) and a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts. As an arts educator, she has taught at the Corcoran School of Art, American University, Howard University, the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and the Maryland College of Art and Design.

She has exhibited in solo, group and juried art exhibitions extensively in the United States as well as in West Africa where she resided for several years. Her works have been shown at the James C. Lewis Museum ((MD); The Wilmer Jennings Gallery (NY); Pen and Brush (NY); the National Arts Club of New York; The Washington Gallery of Art; Fisk, Howard and American Universities; and The National Arts Council of Ghana. Her paintings are in museum, corporate and private collections.

Senior Outreach – SANAA NA WAZEE (Seniors and the Arts)

Admission: Free
Coordinator: Bettye Purvis

MOJA performers go into area nursing homes and senior citizen centers: Theresa Hilliard spins delightful Gullah stories and Shirley Green performs a mini gospel concert.

Monday, September 29 at 10:00am: Carter-May Holmes, St. Joseph Residence, 1660 Ingram Road
Tuesday, September 30 at 10:00am: Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Blackmer Hall, James Island
Tuesday, September 30 at 11:00am: Charleston Area Senior Center, 259 Meeting Street
Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00am: Carter-May Holmes, St. Josephs Residence, 1660 Ingram Road
Wednesday, October 1 at 1:00pm: Charleston Area Senior Center, 259 Meeting Street
Friday, October 3 at 11:00am: Heartland of West Ashley Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 1137 Sam Rittenburg Ave

Poetry & Storytelling – Tabu Hazel

Friday, October 3 from 6:00pm-7:00pm
The Historic Dock Street Theatre Courtyard, 135 Church St
Admission:  Free
Coordinators:  Warachal E. Faision, M.D. and Tribal Raine

As twilight sets on the city, actress and poet Tabu Hazel performs in the intimate setting of the Courtyard of the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Originally from White Plains, New York, Peggy Logan (aka Tabu Hazel) is an actress and poet who grew up in Summerton, SC, and currently resides in Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in theater/education from Claflin University.  For Tabu Hazel, there is power in poetry. As a spoken word artist, she is an advocate who promotes awareness of cancer, domestic violence, homelessness and sexual assault. Her number one goal is to change lives with words. Her poetry and deliverance can be described as being “smooth, fluid, melodic and empowering.”   She has performed throughout the country in many venues.

Blues Cruise: Featuring Floyd Wilson & The Electrophonic Blues Band

Friday, October 3 from 7:00pm -9:00 pm boarding starts at 6:30pm
Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive
Admission: $26 Adults; $24 Seniors & Students

Join us for a thrilling blues cruise aboard vintage paddlewheel riverboat “Carolina Queen,” featuring Floyd Wilson & The Electrophonic Blues Band: Chicago blues at its toughest!  Guitarist/singer Floyd Wilson, born and raised in the Windy City, was inspired by Muddy Waters and Albert King and was mentored by none less than the legendary Lefty Dizz. This is the classic Chicago sound – hard-hitting, emotional, and real-deal. One listen and we think you will agree.  First-ever Carolinas engagement! Cash bar and snacks available for purchase.

Carmen de Lavallade: As I Remember It

(September 30, 2014) The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and Glass Group, LLC regretfully announce that the MOJA Arts Festival presentation of Carmen de Lavallade’s As I Remember It, scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Dock Street Theatre, has been cancelled due to a personal emergency impacting the production’s creative team.

Ticket holders may contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 720-3819 to facilitate refunds. While the possibility of a rescheduled engagement for the production is being explored presently, details of a future Charleston presentation are not yet available. Updated information about the As I Remember It tour will be posted to www.carmendelavallade.com.

A screening of the 2005 documentary film, Carmen and Geoffrey, is planned for the evening of Friday, October 3 at 7:30pm at the Dock Street Theatre (free admission).

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Alvin B. Glen: Man, Media, Message

September 25-October 30
Monday-Thursday; 9:00am-8:00pm
Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm
Reception: October 9, 5:00pm-7:00pm
The Art Institute of Charleston, 24 North Market Street
Coordinator: Francina Smalls-Joyner
Sponsor: The Art Institute of Charleston

Featuring more than 20 mixed-media drawings, oil and soft pastels, and hand pulled lithographs this exhibition will be the first comprehensive showing of Alvin B. Glen’s work, which will cover four major approaches to art production. This exhibition will also include work that have never been exhibited or previously published.
This collection of work reviews the history and growth in Alvin’s artwork and how the roles of student, patriarch, arts educator, and Sunday school teacher influenced both image and message. The themes in his work include images of family, acts of patriotism, and day to day struggles encountered by individuals who may not be acceptable according to societal norms.

Providing an opportunity to witness the maturation of his work as he moves through a succession of periods, styles, and techniques, this process also provides insight into personal revelations about the artist. The artist says, “Art for me has always been the use of the fundamental elements of picture making – structure, color, surface, and texture. As well, art is about how form is described and how images are perceived. This may compel viewers to make personal interpretations.”
Through his work Alvin wants the viewer to feel that his art has also been engaged in a struggle with fundamental questions of existence which may include sexuality, mortality, and spirituality. These questions may cause one to wonder what it is like to be in this world, but not of this world. These feelings of exclusion may cause each of us to gauge how we perceive ourselves relative to our daily experiences.

This exhibition surveys more than 20 years of works and spans a multitude of media and approaches to image making. Mixed media drawings, oil pastels, soft pastels, lithography, and traditional drawings all provide Alvin B. Glen with a platform to espouse his interpretation of humankind’s struggle to cope with day to day existence.

African Diaspora – Convergence and Reclamation

Exhibition: September 6 through October 5, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Concurrent with the 2014 MOJA Arts Festival, City Gallery at Waterfront Park presents an exhibition of paintings, fabric art, and drawings by local African-American artists who examine their own  artistic practices and personal collections through the lens of cultural identity.  Curated by Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, featured artists include James Denmark, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr., Winston Kennedy, Addelle Sanders, and Arianne King-Comer.

According to exhibition artist Winston Kennedy, “In a visual sense, some of [the exhibition artists] integrate the traditional African visual signs, symbols and images and others are able to weave formal issues of modernism of art creativity into the universal statements in our production of Western modernism. Therefore, our creative works range from: abstract to figurative abstraction; from realism to photorealism; from conceptual to other discrete modes of time and performance art. We reflect and reclaim an internal cultural gumbo – our studio production stretches across many modalities.”

Curator Dr. Ade Ofunniyin adds, “While the artworks featured in the Convergence and Reclamation exhibition does not have as their aim the undoing of representations written and/or painted by twentieth century low country artists, they intend to convey imagery connected to a transatlantic reclamation of Africa as source for renewal, inspiration and creative influences that can be utilized to propel, sustain, and add new meaning and/or significant cultural nuances to the visual imageries guiding our understanding of each other and the world, making life more meaningful for us all. The exhibit promises to cool and refresh the piece of earth that we tread upon and call Charleston.”

Artists Lecture: Sunday, September 28 at 3:00pm

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