Joe’s Movement Emporium partners with Hyattsville Community Development Corporation with new project “Mapping Racism”

Partnership seeks to highlight racist legacy of “restrictive deed covenants” attached to many properties in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District

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Joe’s Movement Emporium (Joe’s) and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (Hyattsville CDC) will launch a series of workshops, dance, music and theatrical experiences for the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County called “Mapping Racism.” This project is made possible through a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Events will begin January 2019 and are integral to Joe’s 2018-19 Season, “Resilient Cultures, Rising Truths.” Artist partners include Ally Theatre Company and Orange Grove Dance with plans to include other local arts groups. Events will take place throughout the Gateway Arts District.

Planning meetings between Joe’s and Hyattsville CDC have already begun. Joe’s will be the provider arts programs to accompany the research, maps and images derived by Hyattsville CDC. The plans include a theater performance by Ally Theatre Company about specific land restriction events in history; a site-specific performance by Orange Grove Dance where Windham Road splits Brentwood and North Brentwood; creative response workshops facilitated by Alonzo Davis, land use experts and local elected officials; and a video exhibit at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMC) that will also include images and maps part of the Mapping Racism project.

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In its 1948 Shelley v. Kramer decision, the Supreme Court ruled restrictive covenants in real estate unenforceable. Discriminatory covenants included in deeds throughout the Washington area had barred the sale of property to Jews, blacks, and other minorities. Click for Image Source

“One form in which I find institutional racism still present are vestigial restrictive deed covenants,” states Stuart Eisenberg, Hyattsville CDC Executive Director. “They lie hidden within the fabric of Hyattsville homes, properties and institutions. Although the restrictive deed covenants rarely rise to the surface, many properties stand upon these embedded directives that previous land owners have written into their deeds of sale as preconditions limiting future use of the property.”  Read his full February article in the Hyattsville Life & Times by clicking here.

“When we engage in the creative process as a group, something special happens to address the bits of society that other structures can’t,” says Brooke Kidd, Joe’s co-founder and Executive Director. “The creative community has the real juice to foster what we want in a just society … when people feel art, they get to know culture and they see the similarities. Mapping Racism is a project that is essential now more than ever.”


Established in 1995, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually. Joe’s has five arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means. Through programs and productions in education, performing arts, and work readiness, Joe’s integrates progressive education, creativity, and youth development.

In 2016, Joe’s achieved the Standards of Excellence through the Maryland Association of Nonprofits, which validates and promotes our exemplary work in youth arts education programming. Additionally, Joe’s earned the highest possible rating through Maryland EXCELS (level 1) based upon nationally recognized quality standards and best practices. This rating allows Joe’s to receive state funds to expand our reach in providing high quality arts education to youth in our community.


The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization. The CDC’s mission is to develop arts and public spaces, to spur economic development and the quality of community life, to encourage widespread leadership for community revitalization, and to rebuild the City’s commercial corridors. envision Hyattsville as a healthy, diverse, well-planned, and thriving community of homes and businesses where the arts: visual, performing and public, are a part of our work and the fabric of our lives.

We are professionals, tradesmen, business owners, artists, longtime and new residents. We work to reverse indifference and blight in the City of Hyattsville and surrounding communities. We recognize Hyattsville’s social, cultural, and material assets, and are committed to harnessing our community’s potential and talents to revitalize the City and neighboring areas. Our board and staff are comprised of Hyattsville residents and local stakeholders.


Neena Narayanan, Marketing & Communications, Joe’s Movement Emporium
301-699-1819 |

Justin Fair, Economic Development Coordinator, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation
301-683-8267 |



New classes will get you bikini 👙 ready in no time at Joe’s!

TWO New Ways to Move at Joe’s!

Joe’s staff are putting their 10-class passes to work to get fit and feel fabulous for beach season!

WATCH HERE: Infero Pilates at Joe’s from Joe’s Movement Emporium on Vimeo.

Looking for new ways to move at Joe’s? We’ve got two BRAND NEW classes with INCREDIBLE instructors who are ready to take you from winter flubber to a summer beach bod!

A warm welcome to Ty Powell and Monica Brinn to the Joe’s family. Ty and Monica’s classes will be on the Joe’s 10-class pass system. This means if you already have a 10-class pass, it’ll be easy to try these new gut busting and butt shaping classes. If you don’t have a 10-class pass, we recommend you get one, immediately.


unnamed-1Inferno Pilates with Ty Powell

This full body workout is designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and improve overall health. It is performed on a yoga mat, with low impact, aimed to protect your joints and muscles from the pounding of other exercises. The interval aspect of this workout helps keeps your heart rate up and allows you to engage in a great cardio/full-body workout.

Ty tells us, “we play music, I encourage people to dance, smile, encourage others near them, and most importantly, to have fun and run their own race.”

13710540_1134537309949903_7713403326232311115_oHatha-Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates with Monica Brinn

Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates fusion classes are suitable to all levels, and instruction will include variations to challenge more intermediate students and to develop more beginner students.

If you have never practiced yoga, please feel free to begin your journey here! If you have been practicing for years, please come to continue your journey, and to deepen your practice. Classes will include breath integration, deep stretching, balance and core work, sun salutations, a variety of postures and relaxation.

13728928_1133839886686312_1594808047913237939_nMonica has graciously offered her first two weeks of classes, April 18th and April 25th, for FREE! Register today!

Ty’s last week of classes were already offered for free, her classes are $13 to drop in, or use your 10-class pass. Have commitment issues and want to try her class free for the first time? Contact for details.


Inferno Pilates Light Up Joe’s Studios!

Tyecia Powell, “Ty”, brings Pilates back to Joe’s Movement Emporium this April. Join her Mondays & Thursdays in our beautiful studios for core strengthening movements for all ages, abilities and levels of experience. First week of classes free!

Sign up online using Mindbody to reserve your slot in Ty’s week of FREE pilates!


Monday, April 3rd from 6:30 – 7:30 | Thursday, April 6th from 6 – 7 pm\

As a Joe’s class, all 10-class pass holders will be able to use their pass to participate in Powell’s class. Drop in rate remains $13 for adults and $10 for seniors. 

What makes this pilates class different from your other pilates classes?

Ty explains, “Inferno Pilates is a high intensity, low impact, interval-training, workout based on Pilates principles of breathing, centering, concentration, control, flow, and precision.” According to Ty, the traditional method is performed in a room that is humid and hot, we are relieved to inform our Joe’s friends and family Ty will be providing the same workout without the heat.

This full body workout is designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and improve overall health. It is performed on a yoga mat, with low impact, aimed to protect your joints and muscles from the pounding of other exercises. The interval aspect of this workout helps keeps your heart rate up and allows you to engage in a great cardio/full-body workout.

Ty tells us, “we play music, I encourage people to dance, smile, encourage others near them, and most importantly, to have fun and run their own race.”

Meet Ty below:

TyPhoto.jpegMy name is Tyecia Powell; I go by “Ty” and I am originally from Baltimore. Go Ravens! By trade, I am an educator; I have experience teaching grades K-12, as well as expertise in training and supporting teachers and staff in the educational sector. I was introduced to fitness through my love of basketball. I played college basketball throughout my undergraduate years and continued to hone my passion for developing people through fitness by coaching in various levels. I’ve coached softball, track & field, and basketball from the high school to semi-pro level. This past year, I’ve been exploring, learning, and beginning to understand the importance of developing not only your physical health, but your mental health. I now see fitness and health from a holistic perspective. This past year, I had the privilege of becoming a Pilates Instructor under Gabriella Walters Inferno Pilates LLC. Whether I am teaching, coaching, facilitating, or training, I believe in building the mind, body, and soul in order to promote holistic wellness.


Mondays 6:30 – 7:30 starting April 3rd
Thursdays 6 – 7 pm starting  April 6th
(First week of classes FREE!)
$13 to drop in or use your Joe’s 10 class pass ($110)


Event Announcement: Joe’s Chipotle Fundraiser

Joe’s is thrilled to partner with Chipotle on Baltimore Ave in Hyattsville, MD for our 3rd annual Cause an Effect Chipotle night!

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Joe’s Movement Emporium. Come in to the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 5501 Baltimore Avenue Suite 101 in Hyattsville on Tuesday, July 19th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.

Bring in this flyer:

Show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Gift card purchases during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.