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2022-2024 City of Charleston Poet Laureate Nominations

The official nomination process and application for the role of Charleston’s Poet Laureate is now open. Poets may self-nominate, or be nominated by others.
The role of the Poet Laureate of Charleston is to spread the art of poetry from classrooms across the city, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists while advancing their own writing career.
Over the course of the two-year term, the Poet Laureate will work with the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs to achieve these goals.
The position of Poet Laureate was established in 2016. A review panel of educators, arts professionals, and poets will evaluate applications and recommend individuals to the Mayor.

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2022


Piccolo Spoleto

Due to uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, we are not doing a traditional call for application for the 2021 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The festival is scheduled for May 28- June 13, 2021.

Current planning is focusing primarily on local artists and past participants.  We are happy to take any information you care to share and keep on file for future consideration.

Annually presenting over 500 performing, literary, and visual arts events, the 17-day Piccolo Spoleto Festival transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of the cultural vitality and diversity of the South Carolina Lowcountry. With a focus on accessibility and community participation in the arts, Piccolo Spoleto is the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA.

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MOJA Arts Festival 2020

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page. Sign up here to receive email updates about the MOJA Arts Festival, or email Basil Punsalan with any questions or request for information.

The MOJA Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, presented in partnership with the all-volunteer MOJA Planning Committee, who assist with event planning, fundraising, and advocacy.