Joe’s Movement Emporium founder and executive director celebrates milestone birthday with fundraiser

BK50: Brooke Kidd’s Outlandish Birthday Bash celebrates a birthday and supports Joe’s capital improvements

bk50.pngBrooke 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.

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birthday brooke.pngPlanning 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.

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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.

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

 

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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.

Restrictive covenant

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.”

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 HYATTSVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

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.

PRESS CONTACTS

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

Justin Fair, Economic Development Coordinator, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation
301-683-8267 | jfair@hyattsvillecdc.org

 

Ally Theater Company returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with daring new work, #poolparty

A thought-provoking play about the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of a private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. ​​

MOUNT RAINIER, MD June 12, 18—In 1974 a family was denied membership at a private, neighborhood swimming pool, all the members of which were white. Over 40 years later, that story has inspired a new play by local playwright Jennifer Mendenhall opening in the Meyer Performance Theater at Joe’s Movement Emporium’s June 23 – July 15, 2018. Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for children, students and veterans. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org.Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About #poolparty

In 2015, the board president of Playwright Jennifer Mendenhall’s pool discovered documents that revealed the story of a family in 1974 which was denied membership to the then all-white pool. The father of that family had reached out to the NAACP who in turn contacted the Department of Justice. Eventually the pool offered the family a membership which the father declined fearing for his children’s safety. The 2015 pool community acknowledged this part of their history by dedicating a newly build pavilion in the father’s name and inviting the surviving family to share their experience at the ceremony. This launched Mendenhall’s research into the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of that particular Mt. Rainier private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. Please click here for the full Playwright notes.

Please stay post-performance for specialty themed cocktails and opportunities to meet the cast of the show and creative and production team.

#poolpartyis sponsored in part by Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council and produced in partnership with Black Kids Swim.

About Ally Theater Company

Ally Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. The company aims to join the vital conversations, sparked by generations of thinkers, writers, performers, and activists by:

-Placing underrepresented populations at the front and center of our narratives and our organization;
-Forming alliances with individuals and organizations who share a similar mission;
-Producing new theatrical works making their world, national, or local premieres; and
-Tackling existing theatrical works that forward the conversation.

WHAT:              Ally Theatre Company presents #poolparty

WHEN:             June 23- July 15 2018 | Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8PM Matinees at 2PM on Saturday and 4PM on Sunday | Community Preview Friday June 22nd at 8PM | Industry Night Monday July 9th at 8PM

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

COST:              $25 (General Admission) $15 (Children, Students & Veterans)

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.

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.

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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.

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