Juried Art Exhibition

Venue: The Historic Dock Street Theatre Drawing Room
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: FREE
On View: Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28 9:00am to 7:00pm
Monday, October 1 – Wednesday October 3 9:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5 9:00am to 7:30pm
Call (843)724-7305 for Weekend Hours

Annually, this juried art exhibition features Southeastern artists who work in a range of styles and media. Viewers can discover oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, mixed media and graphite works during this exhibition.

This year’s juror is Victoria Smalls, Program Manager for the International African American Museum. Smalls joined the International African American Museum after five years of service with the Penn Center National Landmark District as Director of History, Art and Culture, Director of Development and Public Relations from 2012 through 2017.

First Prize
Addelle Sanders – Community

Second Prize
Bob Graham – The Sleeping Man

Third Prize
Amiri Farris – Moja past print future

Honorable Mentions
Jaclyn Wukela – Lemesha II

Lynda English – Island Fishing

Featured Artists:

Debbie Broadway, ‘Harriet Tubman- Moses, Soldier, Scout, Woman of God’
Lynda English, ‘Island Fishing’
Amiri Farris, ‘MOJA Past Print Future’
Bob Graham, ‘The Sleeping Man’
Carla Johannesmeyer, ‘Bajan Orange Swan Street’
Kim LeDee, ‘The Choice is Yours: 50th Commemoration of the Orangeburg Massacre’
Kenish Magwood, ‘A Tribute to the Emanuel 9′
Addelle Sanders, ‘Community’
Elayna Shakur, ‘Butterfly Free’
Nina Uccello, ‘AME Church’
Jaclyn Wukela, ‘Lemesha II’
Ellen Zisholtz, ‘Mississippi Welcomes You’

PURE Theatre presents Sweat

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30pm; Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, October 7 at 3:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Reserved Seating $32 Adults; $15 Students with ID

PURE Theatre presents Sweat by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Lynn Nottage.

Filled with humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.

Community Tribute Luncheon

Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, West Ashley
Please Call: (843)724-7305 for information on attending

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.

The 2018 MOJA Arts Festival Planning and Community Tribute Luncheon Committees salute this year’s leaders:

2018 Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees:
Ms. Joy Vandervort-Cobb, Artist
W.M. Smith-McNeal Funeral Home, Business
Mr. Nathaniel Jackson, Civic & Community Service
Ms. Saundra Williams Purvis, Contribution to MOJA
Mrs. Michele English-Watson, Education
Mr. Steve Bedard, Government
Kenosha Gleaton, MD, Medicine
Ms. Camile Bibb, Outstanding College Student
Miss Hallie Grant, Outstanding High School Student
Mr. John Christopher Wright, Outstanding High School Student
Ms. Ruth Jordan, Politics-Local
The Honorable Marvin R. Pendarvis, Politics-State
Reverend Dr. Kylon Middleton, Religion
Ms. Wendrah McCoy, Rising Star
Gamma XI Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities

Unbroken Chains

Saturday, October 6 7:00pm
Venue: Circular Congregational Church
Address: 150 Meeting Street

The Gullah Geechee Angel Network, Wineglass Gullah/Geechee Productions and A Queen’s Dream Production presents, “Unbroken Chains”, written and acted by up-and-coming playwright Queen Christine Washington, along with a host of talented and highly skilled actors.

“Unbroken Chains” depicts the life of a young girl and her unconventional introduction to womanhood. Faith is naïve about the world around her, until her grandmother (Nana) exposes the harsh realities of her past and the reasoning for her mother’s (Hope) current struggles. Shortly after dealing with a personal family tragedy, Faith, herself, will come face-to-face with some of the very same hardships unfairly forced upon the woman before her.

This journey imprisons Faith to a repeated and broken legacy –while also freeing her mental state of the desire to perpetuate the exact same pain in the future.

“Unbroken Chains” is spoken in English, Geechee and Gullah.

Charleston Boxing Club and Annual MOJA Cup

Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 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: Al “Hollywood” Meggett and 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.