BK50: Brooke Kidd’s Outlandish Birthday Bash celebrates a birthday and supports Joe’s capital improvements
Brooke Kidd, Joe’s Movement Emporium (Joe’s) co-founder and executive director, will celebrate her 50th birthday this year with an “outlandish” celebration in the performing arts center’s Meyer Performance Theater on Saturday, September 22nd at 7 pm at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier. Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorships are available. Visit www.joesmovement.org/BK50, for more information. Proceeds from the celebration will benefit the HOME Improvement Campaign to make upgrades and repairs to enhance to the overall patron experience at Joe’s.
Kidd has been a powerful community advocate and influencer since she co-founded the organization under the name World Arts Focus Inc. on 34thStreet in Mt. Rainier, MD in 1995 at the age of 27. In 2008, she celebrated her 40thbirthday with a fundraiser for the Bunker Hill location which had undergone major renovations to turn it from an abandoned direct mail facility to a performing arts center. Ten years later Kidd celebrates another milestone birthday with the HOME Improvement Campaign – seeking to maintain and improve what was started in 2008.
Planning committee members include long-time donors and supporters, local artists, business owners, and Joe’s staff members. “Brooke has done so much for this community,” one member said, “both as a resident of Mt. Rainier and the leader of Joe’s.” Joe’s is considered a second “home” to many. Another committee member, speaking at Joe’s 2018 gala told the audience, “Joe’s is my soul place. By that I mean when I come here the colors are brighter, I feel a sense of harmony and ease. When I walk in here I feel like home.” She added, laughing, that Joe’s was a place where “you can use all your crayons in your crayon box! You’ll experience a unique feeling of belonging and be recharged, energized, and empowered.” Friends of Brooke and Joe’s are encouraged to share their video or written testimonial here to be used in a compilation video that will debut the night of the event.
The event will be a uniquely Joe’s experience – with the theme “outlandish” to reflect Kidd’s own attitude and joie de vivre as Joe’s executive director. Guests can expect to be wowed from the moment they enter the building with stunning decorations, interactive experiences, and a delicious community vibe.
In December 2016 post the November election, Kidd spoke to a small group of donors at a reception where her words gave many hope: “When we engage in the creative process as a group, something special happens to address the bits of society that other structures can’t. It’s the creative community that has the real juice to foster what we want in a just society. I’m determined that we keep spreading this model of Joe’s.”
All are invited to come out and celebrate Kidd, a truly unique visionary arts leader.
ABOUT JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
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.
Neena Narayanan, Marketing & Communications, Joe’s Movement Emporium
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