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.


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