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
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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.

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’

Gospel Concert: The Gospel Sounds of Millennials

Date: Sunday, September 30
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11
Coordinator: Reverend Randolph Miller
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This is an opportunity to hear Gospel Music at its best from 3 gospel greats who perform locally, nationally and internationally. The genre of the music will be represented from “Down Home to Contemporary” featuring “Mike Brown and Focus, Mario Desaussure along with Brandon Robinson and NGOP.  You don’t want to miss this uplifting event of the MOJA Arts Festival.

This year features three great talents:

A native of Charleston, SC, Elder Mario Desaussure is the eldest son born to the late Bruce “Sandy” Desaussure and the late Annette Moore Desaussure. He is an anointed psalmist who began singing at the tender age of 3, in the Alpha Omega Reformed House of God Church, under the leadership of his great-grandfather, the late Bishop Aaron H. Moore, Sr. He is a 1998 graduate of R. B. Stall High School and attended Benedict College for three years, but returned home to care for his mother and father until their passing. He is planning to return to college and further his education majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Business Administration.

Mario is currently a member of Christian Praise And Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Lonnie Ruth Palmer. He also serves as the Director of Music at First Baptist Church of James Island under the leadership of Reverend Charlie L. Murray, Jr. He has sung with various groups and national recording artists throughout the lowcountry and also the United States, such as Mike Brown and F.O.C.U.S., The Anointed Voices of Praise of Huger, SC, Trinity Inspirational Choir, Pastor Sam Dennis, New Generation of Praise, Vashawn Mitchell, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Ricky Dillard, just to name a few.  Mario has also received various awards and recognition for his gift that God has given to him. But most of all, he is a child of the Most high God. He takes no credit for anything but gives God all praise, glory and honor for everything he has allowed to happen throughout his life. He is a firm believer that God will make ways out of no way and will open doors that man thought should be closed. His motto is, “if I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”

Brandon Robinson & N.G.O.P. (New Generation of Praise) is a young group with some old flavor but also shares a new twist on quartet music. The group has been singing together for 7 years starting together as community choir which later formed into a quartet. Ministry is top priority for this group. The quartet of young singers don’t mind having church all over the world; “We don’t mind sharing what the lord has giving us to bless his people and we are grateful that the lord trusted us with these gifts he’s given to us.”

In August of 1997, God gave the vision of F.O.C.U.S. (Followers of Christ Upholding Standards) to Wayne Ravenell.  Wayne then organized a group of the city’s best, vibrant, gifted, and anointed young adults.

The group was comprised of approximately 20 members- a collective group from different ministries of various denominations. Early performances earned an over-whelming positive response from their community. As a result, God gave them favor with pastors and leaders in their city, which allowed them to open for every major recording artist that came through their city. Some of these artist include: God’s Property, Trinitee 5:7, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Karen Clark-Sheard, Byron Cage, Natalie Wilson, New Direction, Alvin Slaughter, Overseer Hezekiah Walker, Sha’ Simpson, Tye Tribbett & G.A. and also blessed to tour with Anthony Hamilton on his 2006 tour.

In March of 2005, F.O.C.U.S. recorded their first live project, “The Heart of a Worshiper”.

This group of vivacious, colorful and unique Levitical priests intends to reconcile souls to God through a radical and innovative praise and worship experience, while yet being examples of holiness and righteousness as followers of Christ upholding standards.