UpSpring Aerial Lab explores borders and boundaries in new work at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Joe’s resident aerial company returns to the stage with new contemplative aerial works.

DSC_0173Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm UpSpring Studio returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s theater to present Within and Without, aerial reflections on what holds us together and splits us apart. The performance will feature new work by UpSpring Aerial Lab members and instructors. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 students and seniors and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Within and Without

Using dance trapeze, hammock, trapeze ladder, and aerial fabrics, eight aerialists consider the borders and boundaries in and around themselves, exploring relationships in and among minds, bodies, and body parts. They consider topics from the behavior of cancer cells to the breakdown of a friendship to the relationships we have with our own minds.

About UpSpring Studio

DSC_0126UpSpring Studio LLC teaches aerial dance and creative movement to adults of all levels. UpSpring reinforces its belief that we are all dancers capable of making beautiful movement by offering creative aerial classes that welcome people of all abilities, levels of strength, and body types. Incorporating knowledge from disciplines such as Laban, Feldenkrais, theater improvisation, and dance, this studio strives to provide creative opportunities for non-professionals to generate and present new work. UpSpring Aerial Lab is UpSpring’s student repertory company, made up of aerialists who have been learning and performing in the air for several years. UpSpring Studio is directed by Alana Cole-Faber with support from instructors EChO and Kirsty Little. UpSpring’s instructors have presented work all over the United States and in the UK.

WHAT: UpSpring Studio’s Within and Without

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm

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

COST: General Admission $23, Students & Seniors $17 (credit cards incur no additional fee)

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 Mt. 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 www.joesmovement.org.

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Joe’s is Hiring!

Arts Education Program Assitant & Studio Manager Positions OPEN

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MAY 3

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Position Overview 

The Arts Education Department provides year-round service in the visual and performing arts that meets after school and during the summer. The Arts Education Program Assistant position assists in daily service delivery to 60-75 children ages 5 – 12.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities 

An excellent candidate has an ability to motivate children through positive reinforcement, conflict resolution, collaboration, and leadership skills.  Knowledge and experience in class management is required. Knowledge of one or more arts education areas is essential to supporting participants. Program Assistants are expected to play, create and participate as an example to students actively engaged in the creative process.   

Click to learn more: http://www.joesmovement.org/arts_education_job

160319_1455Studio Manager

The Studio Manager at Joe’s plays a critical role in facilitating artist and community member enjoyment of creative experiences at our performing arts center.  The Studio Manager is sensitive to artists needs and supportive of patrons and participants engaging in the arts.  Duties include reception, including but not limited to answering the phone and greeting all who enter the space, space use management, and revenue collection for several programs.  This position works to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible at Joe’s while providing information to the public.  The Studio Manager is responsible for all activities scheduled during a shift and, at times, will be supervising another staff member or volunteer.

Click to learn more: http://www.joesmovement.org/studio_manager_job

Joe’s Movement Emporium Expands Summer Arts Learning Experiences to Elizabeth Seton High School

Summer Arts Learning at Elizabeth Seton High School for youth ages 7 – 13 in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium and End Time Harvest Ministries

Summer Arts Learning At Elizabeth Seton High SchoolBLADENSBURG, MD— Enrollment is now open for Summer Arts Learning at Seton with Joe’s Movement Emporium for ages 7 – 13 June of 2018. Camps will feature visual arts, dance, and music programming. Each two-week camp has unique curriculum that culminates in a performance showcase and art exhibition. The camp runs for two sessions: July 9 – 20 and July 23 – August 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Seton High School, 5715 Emerson St, Bladensburg, MD. To register:  http://www.joesmovement.org/seton.

Summer Arts Learning at Elizabeth Seton High School is an expansion of Joe’s Movement Emporium’s current arts education programs. Joe’s own popular summer program, Camp Joe’s, grew out of Club Joe’s, an arts-based after-care program for elementary aged youth, which is celebrating 20 years of service this year. The recent popularity of these two programs has seen many students who seek arts education experiences turned away due to lack of space or scholarship funding. Joe’s has long dreamed to expand its reach and provide access to arts education through partnerships like this on with Elizabeth Seton High School and End Time Harvest Ministries.

“Not enough children in Prince George’s County have access to affordable, accessible and incredible arts programming. Arts education is basic human development. I’m so grateful to people like Sister Ellen Marie for her vision to use Seton’s beautiful facility to serve her community. Without partnerships like these,” says Brooke Kidd, Founder and Executive Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, “Joe’s may not have the opportunity to extend our reach to so many new families and students.”

“And Elizabeth Seton High School is equally as thrilled to collaborate with Joe’s Movement Emporium and End Time Harvest Ministries in strengthening the community through arts engagement.  Seton has been a long-time member of the surrounding area, and we are eager to deepen a sense of belonging in families so that they can access the services that are available to them and improve the lives of their children,” says Sister Ellen Marie, a graduate of Seton and a native of the area.

Parents praise for Joe’s arts education programs continues to roll in: “The staff at Joe’s are top notch and really care about their students. There is nothing comparable in our area.”  “Joe’s has brought out talents in my children that I didn’t know they had: tumbling! comedy! dance! the joy of performance and creativity! I truly think it will last a lifetime.”   “I appreciate Joe’s focus on creativity in motion, especially in this day in age where we struggle to keep our kids active and fit. My kid always comes home tired from Joe’s… a good thing.”

FACTS & CALENDAR INFORMATION

WHAT
Summer Arts Learning at Elizabeth Seton with Joe’s Movement Emporium

WHEN
July 9 – 20 and July 23 – Aug. 3, 2018

Camp schedule:
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (no extended care available), with an orientation on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Performance & Art Exhibition schedule:
July 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and August 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE
Elizabeth Seton High School | 5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg

DETAILS
Two 2-week full-day summer arts camp for students ages 7 – 13. Campers are divided by age into groups. Each 2-week session culminates with a performance showcase and art exhibition open to families. In addition, a “Special Family Creative Arts Night” will be held Friday night during the program to allow parents to engage with the camp experience.

COST
$450 per child per each 2-week session | Financial assistance is available

CONTACT
www.joesmovement.org/seton | 301-699-1819 | brooke@joesmovement.org

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.

ABOUT ELIZABETH SETON HIGH SCHOOL
Since 1959, the Daughters of Charity have owned and operated Elizabeth Seton High School as a place where young women are empowered to learn, lead, and serve others. Their creativity, talents, and enthusiasm are nurtured and challenged as they prepare to take their places as tomorrow’s leaders. For more than 50 years, ESHS has inspired young women to reach their goals, opened their minds to diverse people and ideas, and prepared them to adapt and succeed in the future. A Seton education is an investment that yields benefits for a lifetime.

ABOUT END TIME HARVEST MINISTRIES
Since 1996, End Time Harvest Ministries, Inc. (ETHM) has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of youth and families throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland. Strengthening families is a primary outcome of ETHM’s social and human services. End Time Harvest Ministries BUILDS and EMPOWERS youth leaders to IMPACT the health and wealth of Port Towns and Prince George’s County communities by equipping youth with educational, social, economic and moral life skills.

PRESS CONTACTS
Neena Narayanan, Marketing & Communications, Joe’s Movement Emporium
301-699-1819 | neena@joesmovemnet.org

Alyssa Doherty, Marketing Director, Elizabeth Seton High School
301-864-4532 | adoherty@setonhs.org

Celebrate Love, Central Asian Style!

Celebrate Uyghur & Central Asian Culture!

Saturday, February 17, 2018
JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
(Just 1o minutes from downtown DC)
5:30 pm  Bazaar Opens
6:00 pm  Silk Road Buffet (limited availability)
7:00 pm   Concert Begins
In a special concert scheduled for Saturday, February 17th, the 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival features unique Central Asian traditions. Shop in a bazaar, enjoy Uyghur food, music and dance, then attend a Bukharan wedding celebration.
 
TICKET OPTIONS:
$40 includes concert and Silk Road Buffet
(limited availability for buffet; order early)
$25 concert only advance ticket
$30 concert only at the door
 
SPECIAL CONCERT ONLY DISCOUNT!
$20 – Offer good only through February 12th
Use discount code: EARLYWEDDINGPRESENT

ORDER TICKETS HERE

Wedding in Bukhara presents timeless dances and rituals from the hidden world of the ich kari – the women’s quarters- that welcome a new bride into the family. Silk Road Dance Company – and guest artists Irfan Otkur and Lana –  recreate a 19th century, celebration with Uzbek, Tajik, Afghan, Persian, Uighur and Indian performances that reflect the ethnic diversity of Bukhara, an ancient oasis city on the Silk Road.
The evening also includes offerings from Bukharan Jewish traditions: dances of the Sozanda female entertainers as well as from the distinctive Mavrigirepertoire of Farsi-speaking Jewish refugees from Merv, Turkmenistan. Fabulous Central Asian costumes and tapestries, many of them antique, add to the ambiance of the concert.

Alexandra Kelly Colburn cordially invites you to the premiere of…

Alexandra Kelly Colburn cordially invites you to the premiere of…
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Presented as part of the NextLOOK Series*
November 17, 2017
7:30pm
Mt. Rainier, MD
 
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termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women have to play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.
 
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Tickets to this event are Pay-What-You-Wish but they go fast! 
There will be a pre-show engagement installation and a feedback session after the performance.

Audience Confronts Grief in New Theatrical Work

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice present the second performance of the 2017-18 NextLOOK season featuring a one-woman show exploring grief, female roles and choices in a Donald Trump America.

Alexandra Kelly Colburn enters residency at Joe’s Movements Emporium from November 13th – 17th for a 5-day residency culminating in a performance of her work-in-process “termiNATION.” Colburn will be creating a platform on her website to allow the public to anonymously interact with her character’s grieving process in a post-9/11 world. Audience can visit www.kellycolburn.com to explore more. The final in-process performance will take place in Joe’s blackbox theater on Friday, November 17th at 7 pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $15 per person, and can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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About “termiNATION”

termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women must play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years’ worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.

About the NextLOOK Series

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. All NextLOOK performances are pay-what-you-wish.

WHAT:                      termiNATION

WHEN:                      Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7 pm 

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

COST:                        Tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Suggested donation $15 per person online and/or at door.

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Black Girl Magic Comes to Joe’s Blackbox Theater

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice present the first in the 2017-18 NextLOOK series season featuring music, poetry and spoken word that pay homage to black female artists.

Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band come to Joe’s Movement Emporium October 16th – 20th for a 5-day residency where they will be creating a tribute to women in the performing arts using interactive music components from spoken word, game shows, and live performance. Through an acknowledgement of the female voice, both past and present, Brown seeks to express the creative struggle of black female performing artists, while highlighting their significant contributions to creative change and influence. Expect everything from Nina Simone to Lil Kim. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $15 per person.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

PURCHASENOW

About Dior Ashely Brown and The dAb Band

We are Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band. Our work is Hip-Hop which includes the genres jazz, soul, R&B, blues, go-go, funk and more. Our performance not only includes these genres but freestyle Hip-Hop lyrics and live instrumentation. What makes us unique is that we not only write songs, but create full-length sets with free association and live instrumentation.  We use call and response audience participation committing fully to the moment. We are also a female lead.  For decades, in Hip-Hop genre, the female presence has struggled to maintain, and women are frequently under represented within the culture.

About the NextLOOK Series

 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. All NextLOOK performances are pay-what-you-wish.

WHAT:                      Dior Ashley Brown Presents…

WHEN:                      Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7 pm

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

COST:                        Tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Suggested donation is $15 per person online or at the door.

PURCHASENOW

Robot Studio Workshop for ages 10 – 14

Joe’s welcomes Robot Studio Workshop for ages 10 – 14 starting October 21st!

Robot Studio Workshop

Robot Studio Workshops get kids coding in minutes, even kids who are terrified of math and kids who have no experience coding. The secret? Sphero a playful robot that introduces kids to the world of robotics and computer science in a unique and engaging way.

Sphero also lets kids discover and experience fundamental STEM principles and theories in practice. In Robot/Studio Workshop I, students explore Newton’s Laws of Motion through a series of challenging activities. They learn how to problem solve, think scientifically and create unique solutions, the same way that programmers, scientists and engineers do in the real world.

The workshop seeks to ease anxiety around math and science by letting kids learn by doing, guided by their natural sense of curiosity and playfulness.

In a future where coding and STEM will be as important as reading and writing, Sphero instills the desire to create and explore using the language and tools of tomorrow.

To Register:

  1. Click here
  2. Go to ONLINE STORE tab
  3. Select Series and Memberships
  4. Choose Robot Studio Workshop

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Instructor Wail Khalid

WKhalid_Headshot_SquareWail Khalid comes to Joe’s with over a decade of experience producing video for public television and non-profit organizations and a lifelong interest in technology. In 2013, Wail discovered a passion for working with young adults while producing a promotional video for a youth center. Using a workshop model, Wail developed and implemented a curriculum that gives young adults insight and tools to decoding, critically analyzing, and creating visual media. Wail also recognized the need to empower young minds by demystifying the technology that dominates many of today’s life experiences. He developed a hands-on workshop that not only teaches coding and robotics, but also brings fundamental scientific theories and engineering concepts to life. His hope is that this approach to learning will inspire the next generation of programmers, engineers, scientists and garage tinkerers. 

Wail Khalid has BA in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo, an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City and a Cambridge ESL Certification from Academia in Basel, Switzerland.

WHAT: Robot Studio Workshop Series for Kids

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

WHEN: Saturdays, October 21st – December 16th (except November 25th) 10 am – 12:30 pm

AGES: 10 – 14

COST: $250 for all 8 weeks

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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.

FREE Self Defense and Active Bystander Training Workshops

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JULY 23 | 3:45 PM | FREE WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE

Ally Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a partnership with local anti-harassment organization Defend Yourself! Lauren Taylor and her teachers will be offering FREE Self Defense and Active Bystander Training Workshops to attendees of select Think Before You Holla performances.

The workshops will happen between shows for the following dates:
(NOTE: attendees from either show can participate in that day’s workshop, with proof of purchase.)

Sunday, July 23rd
2:30pm performance
3:45pm – 4:45pm workshop – focus: Active Bystander Training
5pm performance

To RSVP for the workshop or to get additional information, please email: info@allytheatrecompany.org.

What to bring: Proof of ticket purchase. It is recommended participants wear comfortable clothes they can move in.

PURCHASENOW

Chelsea Harrison, Victoria Mrythil and Christina Neubrand

Generated from true stories via interviews and social media, Think Before You Holla is a devised piece that examines the patriarchal roots of gender-based street harassment and its overall influence on women’s psyches. It runs July 15-23 at Joe’s Movement Emporium as part of the Capital Fringe Festival.

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