Local arts figure says Charleston's MOJA Festival has lost its way

The annual MOJA Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow, and if you couldn't guess it the festival was designed to be a celebration of Charleston black heritage. 

Well Anthropologist Ade Ofunniyin (also provost at the American College of the Building Arts and grandson of the legendary Philip Simmons) is going public and saying its time that the City of Charleston made efforts to get the festival back on track and to connect it again with the black community it intends to espouse. 

Ofunniyin paints a picture of a festival that was intended to be separate from the city but is now run by Charleston, and one that is too expensive for many artists in the black community to present in or attend.

I'm not that close to the MOJA festival so I can't weigh in with my own thoughts, but it certainly seems concerning.

Take a read of his position over at the Charleston City Paper.