Heritage Day

Date: September 29
Time: 10:00am
Location: Marion Square
Admission: Free

Head to Marion Square for a full day of activities celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture and heritage in the Lowcountry. Community cultural ambassadors will be on hand with information and programs. Performances during Heritage Day will feature the Royal Baptist Praise and Worship Choir at 10:30am, Youth on View Praise Dancers and will close with The Zandrina Dunning Experience featuring Black Noyze, Black Diamond, and Jeremy Nava starting at 1:00pm.

Activities for children, poetry readings, youth performances, and workshops are all on offer alongside a health fair with free screening and information at what promises to be a delightful day at the park.

Art Forms and Theatre Concepts Presents: “Debutante of the Season”

Thursday, September 27 at 7:00pm; Friday September 28 at 7:00pm; Saturday September 29 at 4:00pm; and Sunday, September 30 at 3:00pm.
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission:$35 Adults, $30 for students and seniors with ID

Art Forms and Theatre Concepts presents Debutante of the Season, written and directed by Art Gilliard, Founding Artistic Director.

This dramatic comedy tells a love story about Samson Green, his wife Celestine, and her quest to be a respectable member of society.  Debutante of the Season was written as a reminder that sometimes costs that must be paid in order to reach our goals without sacrificing our values.

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’

One Day Junior Tennis Tournament

Recreation – One Day Junior Tennis Tournament
Date: Saturday, September 29th
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.

African Dance Master Class with Fanta Touray

Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Address: North Charleston
Admission: $10 at the door, or call 843-577-4080 to reserve your spot

The Charleston Alliance of African Dance and Drum will host a class featuring Fanta Touray of Stone Mountain, GA, Director of The Rakaba Ballet who will be teaching movement and drumming from Guinea, all levels welcome; dancers and drummers alike.

For more information, call 843-557-4080

KJ Kearney presents Red Rice Day Panel discussions

Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Reserved Seats are now SOLD OUT. Standing Room will be available based on capacity at the door,

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Red Rice Day at MOJA is the inaugural celebration of the most cherished dish in of all Gullah Geechee culture. During this event panelists will discuss modern issues relating to Gullah Geechee culture as well as the connection between West Africa and the Gullah Geechee Cooridor. Attendees will get to sample some of the best red rice in the city made lovingly by Chef Charlotte Jenkins, author of the “Gullah Cuisine: By Land and by Sea”.

Panel One: Modern Issues of Gullah Geechee Culture
Dr. Jessica R. Berry, Assistant PRofessor of Speech Pathology & Audiology at South Carolina State University
Sunn m’Cheaux, Gullah language professor at Harvard
Heather Hodges, Executive Director of Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
Adrian Smalls-Owens, Youth Director of the Snowden Community Civic Association

Panel Two: Describing Gullah Geechee Culinary Culture
Chef Charlotte Jenkins, Gullah Culinary expert and cookbook author
Chef Brian Washington, Restaurateur and Private Chef
Chef Christopher Hyatt, Executive Chef at Republic Garden

NOTE: Complimentary red rice while supplies last and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. No exceptions. Photographs and/or video will may taken at RED RICE DAY. By entering and attending RED RICE DAY, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness may be included in photos and videos of the event and used by Charleston Sticks Together, the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and/or the MOJA in connection with communications about this event.