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.


South Carolina African-American Tourism Conference

Saturday, September 30, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Beatty Center, College of Charleston School of Business
Address: 5 Liberty Street
Developed and presented by the Wando-Huger CDC, this one day conference was created to assist in the growth and development of the African- American niche of the Tourism Industry. The day consists of workshops that focus on resource development, product development, and strategic planning. Advance registration required- for more details and registration information visit

One Day Junior Tennis Tournament

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00am-2:30pm
Venue: Charleston Tennis Center
Address: 19 Farmfield Avenue, West Ashley
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Carl Campbell, Peggy Bohne and Delores Jackson

This one-day tournament showcases youth from the Inner City Youth “Courting Kids” Tennis Program and other area programs. Trophies, t-shirts, and refreshments are available for participants. Entry deadline is Wednesday, September 27 ($5 per youth). For more information call Peggy Bohne or Delores Jackson at the Charleston Tennis Center at (843) 766-7401 or Barbara Jones: Executive Director, St. George Youth Sports League (843) 217-0413.

Heritage Day at Marion Square

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Marion Square
Address: Corner of Meeting & Calhoun Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid, Roper St. Francis

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 and the mainstage will feature a talented lineup of local performers, culminating in a musical performance from the X-Treme Level Band. Activities for children, poetry readings, youth performances, and workshops are all on offer alongside a health fair with free screenings and information at what promises to be a delightful day in the park.

Mainstage performances include:

The Edisto District Mass Choir led by Reverend Miller

Storyteller J’miah Nabawi, in addition J’miah will lead an interactive workshop- Storybooks Alive!

Deninufay Dance Company

Meeting Street Academy‘s Watoto Charleston

In addition, enjoy performances from local praise dancing groups and X-treme Level Band, covering all of your favorite tunes.

MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition Reception

Saturday, September 30, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Come applaud the incredible work presented at the MOJA Juried Art Exhibition, Libation, and Dance of the Ancestors: Egungun Masquerade on view at the City Gallery during MOJA. Artists will be present to share their perspectives and inspiration. Festive and traditional dress encouraged.