Visual Arts- Fahamu Pecou: Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance

Venue: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Address: 161 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
On View: Through October 8, Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm

This solo exhibition features the work of Fahamu Pecou, an artist profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence – life and death – today. DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance serves as one artist’s action in opposition to overwhelming societal forces, seeking instead to elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death. Through performance, painting, drawing and video Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from Yoruba/ Ifa ritual to cultural retentions of hip-hop to the philosophy of Négritude, and through this shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death.

As Pecou states: “DO or DIE is a different type of spectacle, one that distances itself from the terror and violence typically associated with Black bodies. It affirms life and life beyond. It reclaims what was lost, turning our gaze inward and ultimately forward. Through ritual, performance and image, the exhibit challenges the perception of death’s dominion. Ultimately, DO or DIE is a reminder of an intimate balance that affirms life. It is art as affective resistance. It is a healing.”

33rd Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition

33rd Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition


On View: September 29-October 9, 2016; Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Venue: Avery Research Center
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free

Featuring new works by regional artists, this annual juried art exhibition invites submissions from artists living in the Southeast, welcoming a range of works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, graphics, fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media.

This year’s juror is Greg Jenkins, the Operations Manager and Chief Preparator at the Gibbes Museum of Art, having worked with the Gibbes since 1983. A native of Charleston and a graduate of Chicora High School, Mr. Jenkins has a lifelong interest in art. He was the 1986 MOJA Arts Festival poster artist and is a member of the MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committee.

Artists featured:
Jeffery Callaham, Judith Chamberlin, Katherine DuTremble, Meyriel J. Edge, Maria Espinosa, Susanne Frenzel, Bob Graham, Earnest Hampton, Karyn Healey, Shirley Holmes, Chuck Hooker, Katherine Houghton, Rachel Jones, Hampton Olfus, Jenifer Padilla, David Sanders, Tyson Smith, James St. Clair, and Matt Wilson

Swahili Student Workshop

Image Courtesy of We Heart It

Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00am
Springfield Elementary School
Coordinator: S. Johari Andika
School Coordinators: Janet Hardeman, 3rd grade chairperson; Blondell Adams, Principal
In this immersive workshop, students learn the importance of Swahili to the Lowcountry, the United States and the World. Students will participate in activities to learn Swahili greetings, common expressions, food words and numbers.

Children’s Programs at the Library: Columbia Marionette Theatre Presents The World of Anansi the Spider

Wednesday, October 5 from 9:15am-9:45am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

This entertaining performance is designed to teach children about world culture. The 30-minute show features marionettes, hand puppets, and rod puppets to tell several folk tales narrated by the storyteller, Anansi, a classic character featured in African tales who later descended to tales in other cultures including Jamaican and Gullah.

Historic Site Designation: Emanuel AME Church

Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00am
Venue: Emanuel AME Church
Address: 1057 5th Avenue, West Ashley
Admission: Free
Coordinator: AnnaBell Seabrook

Historical information about previous designees can be found here.

The Housing Authority Block Party with New Galaxy Band


Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00pm
Venue: Charleston Housing Authority
Address: 562-A Meeting Street
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

Experience a night of entertainment as the Charleston Housing Authority hosts a MOJA Block Party. This gathering is for the young and old. On site health screenings and free food, with local artists performing, including the New Galaxy Band headlining.  Come out and celebrate this festive event!

Poetry & Storytelling: Carlos Johnson and the Speak Freely Foundation


Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00-7:00pm
Venue:Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address:135 Church Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine

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 The S.L.@.M. (Speaking Life @mong Many) Poetry Program and the North Charleston Boxing Club at the Armory Park Center. Youth from the Speak Freely Foundation program will present with Johnson.

Harbor Cruise featuring Curtis Inabinett, Jr. and Ah Touch of Class

Wednesday, October 5


For tickets purchased online or with a credit card, you will be automatically refunded. If you purchased with cash, return to the point of sale next week for your refund.

Boarding at 7:30 pm, Cruising from 8:00-10:00pm
Venue: The Spirit of Charleston
Address: Harbor Walk, 360 Concord Street, adjacent to the South Carolina Aquarium
Admission: $16 General Admission. Cash bar and snacks available for purchase.

Curtis is no stranger to MOJA having received one of its first best instrumentalist awards in the 1980’s. In other MOJA events he’s shared the stage with Angela Bofill, and along with ‘Ah Touch of Class,’ and Mayor John Tecklenburg, they appeared on the show with Regina Bell.  This harbor cruise promises to be an evening of great music and fun for all. Curtis is joined by Keyboardist Larry Ford, Bass Player Jeffrey Holt, Drummer Gerald ‘Cameo’ Williams, and Lead Guitarist Bobby Simmons.