Joe’s Movement Emporium receives over $43,000 for its Job Readiness and Arts Education Programs

Joe’s Movement Emporium of Mount Rainier, MD has received $43,400 in grants to support its job readiness and arts education programs.

CreativeWorks, Joe’s vocational training program received a combined $39,000 from the Prince George’s County Executive’s Community Partnership Grant and a first-time grant from the Baltimore-based Robert W. Deutsch FoundationDistrict 1 Council Member Mary Lehman and the City of Mount Rainier contributed a combined $4,400 to support Joe’s arts education programs, including Club Joe’s after school program and Camp Joe’s summer arts program.

Now in its ninth year, CreativeWorks (formerly the Theater Tech Program) provides critical support to under-resourced teens and young adults ages 17-21 in Prince George’s County by helping them secure employment and prepare for higher education with the goal of ending generational poverty. In fiscal 2017 (ending June 30th), CreativeWorks served 585 participants through its 10-month core training program, , two week-long intensives and classroom presentations throughout the county.

Camp Joe’s and Club Joe’s are out-of-school time programs that engage youth, ages 4-13, throughout the year benefiting their intellectual, personal, and social development through the arts. Offered in a creative, vibrant, and supportive arts-based learning environment, youth learn team building, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills while sharpening fine motor and cognitive abilities.  In fiscal 2017, both programs served 178 unique youth.

“As a single mother struggling through various financial hardships, Joe’s provided a safe and affordable haven for my two daughters to grow and be nurtured. They are now in middle and high school, pursuing courses in creative and performing arts,” said Ivana H. Miranda, a former Club Joe’s and Camp Joe’s parent.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunities in education, production and work readiness.  Founded in 1995, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 artists and arts patrons each year through its diverse multicultural and multigenerational programming.  For more information about Joe’s and how you can support, visit www.joesmovement.org or call Barbara Goliday at 301-699-1819.

🎓 Celebrating Joe’s CreativeWorks Graduates 🎓

Join Joe’s in celebrating the graduation of 30 young people from CreativeWorks – a workforce development program with emphasis in arts-based training

Joe’s Movement Emporium honors graduating participants of CreativeWorks this Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm. The graduation ceremony will feature Joe’s CreativeWorks staff, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director, Brooke Kidd, and two special guests: Keynote Address Speaker Victor Kwansa and Guest Performer Patrick Washington. The graduation is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the event. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. More information can be found online at www.joesmovement.org.

About CreativeWorks

CreativeWorks is a vocational training program in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education. In addition to technical skills in the entertainment industry—such as theater tech, lighting, sound, digital media, photography and videography—CreativeWorks focuses on life and career development. 

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAccAAAAJDlhNjU2ZDgxLWQ5ZTUtNDAyNS1hMzMzLWFhOGNhNjFiZmFkOAAbout Victor A. Kwansa

Victor A. Kwansa, Esq. is an attorney, education advocate, poet, and essayist from Prince George’s County. He received a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 2008, and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011. He has spoken and/or performed at universities, K-12 schools, community centers, and even once while visiting a former slave camp in Ghana, his parents’ home country. Victor’s website (www.victorkwansa.com) features his poetry and commentary.

patrick-washington-460x204About Patrick Washington

Patrick is one of the area’s premier performance poets. As part of the dynamic hip-hop poetry ensemble POEM-CEES, he’s been a regular performer on HBO and on the NFL Network. In 2009 he was asked by Tavis Smiley to serve as narrator for his national African American Museum exhibit, “America I Am.” His biggest honor by far was being commissioned to create a poem dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, which he performed at the unveiling of the memorial on the national mall on October 16th 2011.  Patrick recently launched his own arts education company, Dialect of Prince George’s, and with it created the position of Youth Poet Laureate for the county.

WHAT:  CreativeWorks Graduation

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm – FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

WHERE:  The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

RSVP: Linda@joesmovement.org