Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair Returns to Joe’s for their 22nd Year

Over 30 vendors from the Gateway Arts District to participate

The annual Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium for its 22nd year in operation. Completely volunteer-run, the Craft Fair has continued to grow from its humble beginnings in 1994 in the living room of a local Mount Rainier crafter to fill Joe’s Movement Emporium’s entire black box theater and lobby. It is free to shop the Craft Fair, each vendor will take payment in the form of cash, credit card or check. Food and drink is available for sale in Joe’s lower level. A kid’s craft area is free for all children to participate in while parents shop. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. In addition to the parking lot at Joe’s, free overflow parking within walking distance of the fair will be available at the Mount Rainier municipal parking lot (Perry & 35th Streets) across from City Hall and at Mount Rainier Elementary School (32nd Street between Bunker and Shepherd). Metered parking is available on 34th Street.

A popular annual event in Mount Rainier, the Craft Fair is more than a shopping experience, it provides a fun and festive gathering place for neighbors new and old. Drawing crowds from around the region, many folks kick off their holiday shopping by staying local and buying handmade items for friends and family. This year’s fair will feature a variety of artisan items including textiles, beauty products, jewelry and more.

The Craft Fair Café will be run by Timmy’s Pieces of Peace providing several delicious dessert items that can either be purchased piecemeal or in bulk for upcoming holiday celebrations.  Photos from Craft Fair vendors can be found by checking out the Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair page on Facebook here:

About the Mount Rainier Craft Fair

The Mt. Rainier Craft Fair has become an annual event in the city of Mount Rainier, Maryland, where local crafters know not to put anything on their calendars for the first Saturday in December when residents of Mount Rainier and neighboring communities come out to support a wide variety of vendors and their talents.


Afro House Explores Imagined World Through Sound & Poetry

ebon-kojo11x17-poster-update_6_5_16During a week-long residency, experimental group creates new work with audience participation

Visionary Scott Patterson brings Afro House to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater for a week-long residency from December 5th – 9th culminating in a 7 pm pay-what-you-wish showcase of their new work, Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, on Friday, December 9th. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Showcase is pay-what-you-wish, cash only at the door. The residency is part of the NextLOOK series made possible by a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Midway through the residency a public workshop will be held at Joe’s Movement Emporium where audience members can join the members of Afro House in creating two significant “sounds” that will play integral roles in the final piece showcased on Friday.

The Sound Experiment Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 7 pm and is free to for all to participate. The hands-on workshop will allow audiences of all ages and abilities to try out different instrumentations in a creative atmosphere. The workshop is two hours long and will include light refreshments for participants.

The final showcase on Friday, December 9th at 7 pm in Joe’s black box brings to life Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, a sci-fi tone poem by Afro House artistic director Scott Patterson. Through sound, song and spoken word the audience will follow General Ebon Kojo and Ra-7, sent from a dying earth to “recolor” a distant and barren plant, Beta-5. However, upon arrive both are confronted with unprecedented realities that transform them both.

About Afro House

Afro House is a company of professional artists whose collective skills, knowledge and craftsmanship are channeled for the creation of art that disrupts normative ideas about human being. Musicians, dancers, designers, actors, image makers and writers push the boundaries of their own disciplines so that each art form might effectively bleed into the next, creating something evolutionary.

The vision that directs Afro House is most clearly expressed in the music of its artistic director, Scott Patterson, whose compositions are a blend of classical, soul and rock, simultaneously futuristic and retro, emotive and luxurious. CLICK TO LEARN MORE.

About NextLOOK

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. CLICK TO LEARN MORE.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 301-699- 1819.

New in 2017: Joe’s Spring Break Camp


Joe’s Movement Emporium


Spring Break Camp

April 17 – 21st | For ages 4-13

A world filled with games, art, crafts and fun ideas is waiting for participants to experience creativity from many perspectives during the day.  Spring Break campers will explore a Spirit Week filled with teamwork movement activities, scavenger hunts, games, and the piñata making process.  Every day will have a different theme.

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We will close out the week with a dynamic and fun Piñata day! 

Cost for the week per child $225 (No Discounts Available)

Register Now (ages 5 – 7) Register Now (ages 7 – 9) Register Now (ages 9 – 13)


  • Monday: Crazy socks or crazy hats
  • Tuesday: Crazy hair
  • Wednesday: Book Character
  • Thursday: Twin, Triplet, Quadruplet
  • Friday: Face paint – inside out day

Before Care: 7:30 – 9:00 am

Camp Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

After Care: 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Joe’s is Home to Many…


The Challenge

From our humble beginning in a storefront studio in 1995, Joe’s sought to support the community with high quality, affordable programming that serves people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs.  Since opening a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse in 2008, Joe’s has increasingly expanded its programming and services to meet the needs of artists and the community in general.  Open 7 days a week, 350 days per year, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 individuals annually.  Joe’s has developed a reputation as an affordable and accessible HOME for thousands of individuals and families seeking:

  • arts-based education and work readiness training,
  • a variety of classes and performances,
  • to book rehearsal space, and
  • to host their own special events, such as weddings, parties and memorial services.

donateThis has put significant wear and tear on our HOME—and it shows. We are ready to IMPROVE our HOME so that all of us may continue to enjoy it for many years to come.

The Opportunity

As the “living room of the community,” Joe’s Movement Emporium is launching a $300,000 capital campaign to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to improve the overall safety and experience for everyone who calls Joe’s HOME.

Although Joe’s has hosted hundreds of performances and events in our black-box theater, we are limited in our capacity to host big dances and more formal events and performances due to our concrete floor and modular staging.

By adding a hardwood floor and upgrading our lighting, sound and digital media in the black-box theater, Joe’s can be more responsive to the growing demand for space that is both affordable and flexible to host a variety of events and performances. This also includes refinishing the wooden floors in the studios.


Digital rendering of Joe’s new hardwood floor. Original photograph by Marketa Ebert.

To enhance the overall patron experience, Joe’s plans to upgrade the bathrooms, cement the adjacent parking lot, and make other improvements to create a safer environment.

Your HOME Improvement support is needed!

We have already secured almost 50% of the $300,000 needed to:

  • install a hardwood floor in the black-box theater and refinish studio floors;
  • upgrade lighting, sound and digital media in black-box theater;
  • upgrade the bathrooms repaint the façade; and
  • pave the parking lot.

With your generous support, Joe’s has an opportunity to capitalize on its popularity and on the very limited number of community facilities that can accommodate large dance parties and other performance-based events by renovating its black-box theater and other capital improvements that will enhance your HOME experience and safety.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to Joe’s Movement Emporium and send it to 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712 or donate online at

donateMaryland residents and businesses that contribute a minimum of $500 by December 31, 2016 are eligible for a 50% state tax credit.  Call 301-699-1819 for more information.

The Well Water Tour launches in Mount Rainier, MD

Wellons launches her Well Water Tour in Mount Rainier, MD with a theatrical take on her latest album “Pretty”

Singer, songwriter, performer Tamara Wellons launches The Well Water Tour at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount, Rainier, MD with performances Saturday, November 12th at 8 pm and Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm. The theatrical interpretation of her most recent album, “Pretty”, is directed by Risikat Okedeyi. The performances follow a week-long residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for children, available to purchase online at or at the door at Joe’s location 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

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The cover of Wellons newest album doubles as a coloring page for all ages

Wellons met with Joe’s Movement Emporium staff this week to discuss her upcoming show which has been in development in weekly rehearsals in the direct-mail turned performing arts center facility (click to check out rehearsal video). The performance concept continues to evolve with the most recent inclusion of two deaf dancers who take turns interpreting and performing the work, six musicians and minimalist set-pieces. The performance will feature a mix of live and recorded instrumentals with theatrical moments. The 75 minute performance will be broken into two parts with a brief intermission during which guests can purchase refreshments and shop vendors chosen by Wellons.

In a July article on The Body Is Not An Apology, a “Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment” website founded by Sonya Renee Taylor, Wellons gives audiences a glimpse into the personal hurdles that inspired “Pretty.” She writes, “the music project came as an exploration of my beliefs. […] I wanted to examine and reclaim the word.” She encourages readers to “explore, examine and experiment” with what the word “pretty” means to them as a part of their journey to “restore a personal freedom.” The article can be read in full on

The trailer for the “Pretty” music project can be viewed on Wellons Youtube channel showing clips of her returning to her hometown, a deep source of her desire to unpack the word “pretty.” This album is her third. Her debut full-length, “Life Is” (2008), was released by OCHA Records.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 301-699- 1819. Please contact with any questions or for photo requests.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

Three Great Dance Instructors “Floor-raise” for Joe’s


Digital rendering of Joe’s new hardwood floor. Original photograph by Marketa Ebert.

Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute’s Lawrence Bradford, line dance instructor Sharon Lynn Holmes and Salsa instructor Jessica Quiroz join together under Joe’s roof to teach social dance in the name of “floor-raising.” The evening will feature three studios worth of dance lessons followed by a short program in Joe’s blackbox theater, the future location of a brand new hardwood dance floor. Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds go towards Joe’s 2016-17 Capital Campaign which includes a $60,000 fundraising goal to purchase a new floor for Joe’s Meyer Performance Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.


Lawrence Bradford & BJ Jones


“Joe’s is our home,” says Bradford of Smooth & EZ Hand Dance’s relationship with the Mount Rainier based performing arts center. Smooth & EZ Hand Dance has been coming to Joe’s weekly for classes, rehearsals and workshops for the past five years. As the group grows in popularity and looks to expand it’s classes & social dance events within Joe’s walls, there is one major obstacle, the theater floor.

“Dancing on concrete is not good for legs and knees, especially in movers over the age of 35,” Joe’s Movement Emporium Founder & Executive Director Brooke Kidd says. “When we planned this building 12 years ago, we had the goal of converting the entire theater floor into a wooden dance floor.” Nearly a decade later this vision is attainable. “If we had a wooden floor,” Bradford tells Joe’s, gesturing towards the theater’s red doors, “we could do so many things. Workshops, dances, galas … we would be able to have all our events here.” Smooth & EZ Hand Dance currently looks to outside organizations to host their major social weekend social dance events due to Joe’s theater’s problematic floor.


Joe’s Salsa Instructor Jessica Quiroz dances with husband Casi York. Photo by Marketa Ebert.

Bradford isn’t alone in benefitting from a new dance floor. Joe’s current concrete floor, while a creative inspiration to some artist groups who have made use of the stripped down, industrial feel of the space, is less safe than the wooden alternative for youth groups and artistic groups that use Joe’s modular stage covered in marley, a tripping hazard. “We want to protect our artists and guests” Kidd states. “We’re looking forward to hosting big community social dances for hand dance, salsa, swing dance and more on a safer floor”, plus, “we’ve had many requests for percussive dance groups like flamenco and tap” who would be better accommodated with wooden dance floor.

Since Joe’s opened in it’s current location, the facility has developed a reputation as an affordable and accessible home for many artistic groups looking to grow their creative enterprises within the Emporium. Groups include Taratibu Youth Association, UpSpring Aerial Studio, Silk Road Dance Company, Soul in Motion African Drum & Dance, Raediant Movement, Sacred Hips in Motion, DEVIATED THEATRE, NCrease Fitness, Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Kendra Marie Moves.

Dance for the Floor is a integral part of Joe’s 2016-17 Capital Improvements Campaign, The HOME Improvement Campaign. This $300,000 capital campaign looks to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to improve the overall safety and experience for everyone who calls Joe’s “home” including adding a hardwood floor to Joe’s theater. About $60,000 of the $300,000 is dedicated to the installation of the hardwood dance floor. Other capital campaign improvements include updating the theaters lighting, sound and digital media capabilities, refinishing the wooden floors in the studios, upgrading the bathrooms and cementing the adjacent parking lot.

Dance for the Floor tickets are $25 per person and include light fare as well as access to dance lessons and open dance time. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Additional questions can be directed towards to Neena Narayanan at 301-699-1819 or

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Event Announcement: Dance for the Floor

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Join Joe’s Movement Emporium & Smooth & EZ Hand Dance for Dance for the Floor: A Joe’s Movement Emporium Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm. The evening will feature three studios worth of Hand Dance, salsa and line dancing with a “floor-raising” program in the theater featuring Joe’s dancers of all ages. Dance for the Floor is part of Joe’s 2016 – 17 Capital Campaign. The goal of Dance for the Floor is to raise $60,000 to install a new hardwood dance floor in the theater. Tickets are $25 per person to dance and include dance lessons, open dancing and light fare; during event additional donations will be sought to help reach the goal. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

Why a new floor?

12494689_10153500673993443_7440757102890829285_nJoe’s has an opportunity capitalize on its popularity and on the limited number of community facilities that can accommodate large dance parties and other performance-based events by renovating its black-box theater to enhance patron experience and safety.

Since its opening in 2007, Joe’s has strived to meet the demand of artists, patrons, nonprofits and community groups seeking a more affordable space alternative to hotels and government-owned public facilities. Although Joe’s has hosted hundreds of performances and events in its black-box theater, the capacity to host big dances, formal events and performances is limited due to the concrete floor. By adding a hardwood floor and upgrading lighting, sound and digital media in the black-box theater, Joe’s can be more responsive to the growing demand for affordable and flexible space to host a variety of events and performances. This will also allow Joe’s to generate more revenue to maintain operational stability.

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NEW CLASS: Dance with Kendra Marie Moves!

Let’s Get Moving!

Come enjoy street jazz and hip hop classes that’ll have you feeling right! $10/class! You can pay cash, credit and even online! We also offer private lessons!


Visit for further information! You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Can’t wait to dance with you!

Ready, Set, Bake!

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a proud member of the Mount Rainier Business Association (MRBA). So it’s with pleasure and pride we help them announce the MRBA Bake-Off this Mount Rainier Day, October 1st!


Weekend Bakers of the Gateway Arts District! Enter your best baked dessert in the

Mount Rainier Business Association’s Mount Rainier Day Bake-Off

Entries will be judged by a combination of Mount Rainier residents and members of local Mount Rainier businesses

Deadline to Register: September 23

Competition Date: October 1

Bake-off will take place on Rhode Island Avenue during Mount Rainier Day.

Judging and the awarding of prizes will take place at 2:30 pm.

Prizes include: Cash and Gift Certificates to Mount Rainier businesses.

If you are a Mount Rainier resident and are interested in being a judge for the contest please contact:

Download Flyer PDF Here

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ZEN BUDO KARATE Starts September 13th at Joe’s

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At Joe’s Movement Emporium

REGISTER NOW BUTTONzen-logoThis unique class allows you to attend Karate, right alongside your child! The class is divided into two halves, one for kids and one for adults, and is specially designed for parents with a busy schedule. You don’t need to drop them off, go somewhere else and come back, you can just take the class with them.  Testing Fee is not included in the class it is $10 which pays for physical belt and certificate. Uniforms are not included in the registration fee which is $30 for kids and $40 for Adults. You must obtain a uniform after the third class. Uniforms will be sold and distributed at class.

zen-demoClasses start September 13th.

Uniforms are $30 for kids and $40 for adults. Students must buy a uniform after the third class. Uniforms available for students who cannot afford them by scholarship application.
Exam fees are $10

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