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.

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unnamed-1Inferno Pilates with Ty Powell
MONDAYS AT 6:30 PM
THURSDAYS AT 6 PM

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
TUESDAYS AT 6:30 PM

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 Neena@joesmovement.org for details.

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Announcing the Arts Learning Resource Guide 

artslearningcoverResidents and visitors of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District now have a new handy Arts Learning Resource Guide as a one-stop-shop to County and Gateway Arts District classes, venues, studios and artists. Sponsored by the Joe’s Movement Emporium, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, M-NCPPC Department of Parks & Recreation, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Prince George’s County Arts & Humanities Council, the guide is available online at MyGatewayArts.org (click here) and in print at the following locations: Maryland Milestones, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center, 39th Street Gallery, Art Works Now, Pyramid Atlantic and Joe’s Movement Emporium.

The Arts Learning Resource Guide highlights lifelong educational opportunities in an arts district that is home to over 500 artists, 150 studios and dozens of artist collectives. With so many levels of creative engagement from introductory classes to master experiences for every age, and in every medium, the guide seeks to give residents and visitors access to the wealth of knowledge offered. Joe’s Movement Emporium Founder and Executive Director, Brooke Kidd, states, “learning via the arts reduces stress, self-affirms character, and is healing. This guide directs folks to local artist-teachers who are available to share their knowledge and experiences.” She invites individuals to “enhance your creativity, communication skills, conceptualization, problem-solving and critical thinking through the arts offerings in this guide.”

About the Arts Learning Resource Guide

This Guide is roughly organized by arts education services based on age group and type of arts interest. Please refer to our Table of Contents on page 3 to find incredible arts education experiences for yourself or your loved one. Whether you’re looking for your partner, your child, your friend or yourself, you’ll find the arts live here!

About the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District

The Prince George’s Gateway Arts District is a 2 mile stretch of creative industries encompassing four towns along two miles of Route 1. Each of the four towns – Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville – has a strong sense of place as an individual neighborhood with a unique cultural history. The arts and cultural community emerged from these tight-knit towns. Locally, they have an economic impact that supports small business and housing development in the Maryland-Washington, DC suburban area. Regionally, the arts community reinforces the brand of: funky, creative, green, and culturally-rooted.

A PDF of the guide is available by clicking here.

 

Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair Returns to Joe’s for their 22nd Year

Over 30 vendors from the Gateway Arts District to participate

The annual Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium for its 22nd year in operation. Completely volunteer-run, the Craft Fair has continued to grow from its humble beginnings in 1994 in the living room of a local Mount Rainier crafter to fill Joe’s Movement Emporium’s entire black box theater and lobby. It is free to shop the Craft Fair, each vendor will take payment in the form of cash, credit card or check. Food and drink is available for sale in Joe’s lower level. A kid’s craft area is free for all children to participate in while parents shop. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. In addition to the parking lot at Joe’s, free overflow parking within walking distance of the fair will be available at the Mount Rainier municipal parking lot (Perry & 35th Streets) across from City Hall and at Mount Rainier Elementary School (32nd Street between Bunker and Shepherd). Metered parking is available on 34th Street.

A popular annual event in Mount Rainier, the Craft Fair is more than a shopping experience, it provides a fun and festive gathering place for neighbors new and old. Drawing crowds from around the region, many folks kick off their holiday shopping by staying local and buying handmade items for friends and family. This year’s fair will feature a variety of artisan items including textiles, beauty products, jewelry and more.

The Craft Fair Café will be run by Timmy’s Pieces of Peace providing several delicious dessert items that can either be purchased piecemeal or in bulk for upcoming holiday celebrations.  Photos from Craft Fair vendors can be found by checking out the Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MtRainierCraftFair/.

About the Mount Rainier Craft Fair

The Mt. Rainier Craft Fair has become an annual event in the city of Mount Rainier, Maryland, where local crafters know not to put anything on their calendars for the first Saturday in December when residents of Mount Rainier and neighboring communities come out to support a wide variety of vendors and their talents.

Event Announcement: Dance for the Floor

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Join Joe’s Movement Emporium & Smooth & EZ Hand Dance for Dance for the Floor: A Joe’s Movement Emporium Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm. The evening will feature three studios worth of Hand Dance, salsa and line dancing with a “floor-raising” program in the theater featuring Joe’s dancers of all ages. Dance for the Floor is part of Joe’s 2016 – 17 Capital Campaign. The goal of Dance for the Floor is to raise $60,000 to install a new hardwood dance floor in the theater. Tickets are $25 per person to dance and include dance lessons, open dancing and light fare; during event additional donations will be sought to help reach the goal. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org and at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

Why a new floor?

12494689_10153500673993443_7440757102890829285_nJoe’s has an opportunity capitalize on its popularity and on the limited number of community facilities that can accommodate large dance parties and other performance-based events by renovating its black-box theater to enhance patron experience and safety.

Since its opening in 2007, Joe’s has strived to meet the demand of artists, patrons, nonprofits and community groups seeking a more affordable space alternative to hotels and government-owned public facilities. Although Joe’s has hosted hundreds of performances and events in its black-box theater, the capacity to host big dances, formal events and performances is limited due to the concrete floor. By adding a hardwood floor and upgrading lighting, sound and digital media in the black-box theater, Joe’s can be more responsive to the growing demand for affordable and flexible space to host a variety of events and performances. This will also allow Joe’s to generate more revenue to maintain operational stability.

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Event Announcement: Tamara Wellons Well-Water Tour Launches in Mount Rainier, MD

Wellons unpacks the word “pretty” in new album and opens her process up to community

Singer, songwriter, performer Tamara Wellons will be in residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium November 7-12, 2016 launching her new tour: “The Well-Water Tour – A Talk, A Show, A Party”. Wellons and her guitarist Zach Cutler host a free Song Writing Workshop November 5 from 2 – 4 pm open to all. Performances of her new album “Pretty” will take place Saturday, November 12th at 8 pm and Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm in Joe’s theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. The residency is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

 

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Tamara Wellons has performed at Joe’s several times over the past 15 years. In 2014 Wellons worked with Joe’s through the Art Lives Here initiative to develop community engagement strategies that include live performances outside of beauty shops in the Gateway Arts District. She will continue this work with the November Song Writing Workshop, introducing the community to innovative new ways to approach song-writing resulting in a community sing.

For her performances Wellons has proposed a mix of live and recorded music, projection, and dance featuring six musicians. Imaginative new theatrical staging will be developed with the assistance of Joe’s Executive Director, Brooke Kidd. The Well-Water Tour features songs from “Pretty”, Wellons’ new concept album. Throughout the performance audience will be involved through song and conversation to explore topics of racial history, specifically how history has been conveniently “prettied” up or glossed over; cultural concepts of beauty; and self-esteem and confidence in our perceptions of body image.

“The project directly support our goals of establishing a more robust presenting presence and cultivating new audiences, providing dynamic engagement and high-quality, meaningful cultural experiences for our community,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director of Joe’s about the program. “Joe’s normal artistic programming will be diversified and augmented through this project.”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699- 1819.

 

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 Mount 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.

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: https://joesmovement.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/flyer.pdf

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.

Victorious, D.C. Women of the Gridiron Arrives in Mount Rainier, MD for a Final Fundraiser

 

 

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MOUNT RAINIER, MD June 22— FrontRider Media LLC in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium announces the launch of a final fundraising campaign for the feature-length documentary Victorious (formerly Women With Balls). A special screening of Robert´s previous film, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, will be followed by a discussion with members of the D.C. Divas will be held on Monday, July 18 at 7pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD. Admission is by donation. A work in progress, 20-minute sample of Victorious will also be screened.

WATCH: Victorious Trailer (Documentary – 2016) from Robert Mac on Vimeo.

Victorious captures the camaraderie, sisterhood, and spirit of the D.C. Divas, a full contact, female football team, during their 2015 undefeated season in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA). Each Diva has a unique life story regarding how she got there and the life lessons football has taught her along the way. Their stories will empower others to step outside the box in which society has placed them, inviting all women to be victorious in their quest for true equality and empowering them to play by their own rules. The D.C. Divas’ home field is the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Produced and directed by Robert Mac, the production was filmed in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. Robert’s cameras were with the Divas for every game throughout their undefeated season culminating with their National Championship title in 2015. Principal photography is now complete, and the post-production process has begun.

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An additional $35,000 is needed to complete post-production with the aim to premiere the film at the 2017 Sundance Film festival.

One supporter, Prince George’s County Councilwoman Mary Lehman comments, “I had no idea we had a women’s professional football team in my county. I want to make sure the world knows about this incredible group of female athletes who are striving for equality on and off the field.

And when an independent, local filmmaker requires financial support, we need to step up. I am proud to invest in creative industries that showcase local talent and tell compelling stories, and I encourage other county officials, community and business leaders, and citizens to do the same.”

“I hope I can finish the film independently and share America’s best kept secret: real women play football with pads and helmets on, just like men. I also hope to enlist those touched by the courage of the Divas to take up the fight for true equality on the field, off the field, in the workplace, and beyond.” Mac says. Contributions can be made through Joe’s Movement Emporium at www.joesmovement.org.

About the Women’s Football Alliance

The Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) is the most competitive women’s football league in the United States. Over 40 of the nation’s strongest women’s football teams belong to the WFA — including the D.C. Divas — making it the biggest women’s football league in the world today.

About Robert Mac

Robert Mac is an award-winning filmmaker and the Executive Producer/Co-creator of the sensational hit Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which has had over 20 million viewers—and is considered one of the most successful health documentaries ever made.

Mount Rainier business owner Lisa Harris comments, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead was a powerful film that was a part of the motivation behind the creation of my business, The WaterHole. This film helped me believe a change was coming to the way people approached nutrition and that it was possible my community could be open to juicing. The WaterHole was always a dream for me and this film was a huge part of my inspiration!”

Robert also produced and directed The Small Poppies, a one-hour documentary that was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and features Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush. Several of Robert’s short films have played at major European film festivals, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. He is also an award-winning screenwriter who has recently completed his first book, The One Poke Principle or How Not To Fall in Love. Contact Robert Mac, Producer/Director, at Robert@frontridermedia.com or 301-335-3661.

About Joe’s Movement Emporium

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount 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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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Neena Narayanan at 301-699-1819, or email Neena@joesmovement.org.

Joe’s Movement Emporium Receives $28,000 Job Readiness Grant to Fund Theater Tech Program (TTP)

11182208_10152832726168443_8121322122252524459_nJoe’s Movement Emporium of Mount Rainier, MD has received a $28,000 Job Readiness Grant from Many Hands Foundation to fund the expansion of our Theater Tech Program (TTP) to serve additional students during the school year and pilot a summer institute that incorporates robotics training into the existing curriculum of technical theater and digital media.

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Formed in 2007, TTP 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. The majority of participants are first-generation college students, have struggled in school, lack support for pursuing employment or have additional barriers such as homelessness and parenting, to become self-sustaining after high school. Since its creation, TTP has supported hundreds of county youth seeking economic stability through workforce training and job placement.

With the Many Hands grant, Joe’s will be able to serve an additional 10 students and host a TTP summer institute that will investigate the arts, technology, and engineering with the addition of robotics.

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“Our program can provide dynamic, experiential, arts-based learning and job readiness to build essential life skills,” said Brooke Kidd, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director. “This grant allows us to bring our successful curriculum to more students.”

Many Hands is a women’s grantmaking organization committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children, and families in need and to helping its members become well-informed donors.

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 75,000 artists and arts patrons each year through its diverse multicultural and multigenerational programming. For more information about the Theater Tech Program and how you can support, please visit http://www.joesmovement.org or call Barbara Goliday at 301-699-1819.

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World Arts Focus dba Joe’s Movement Emporium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, EIN: 52-180- 4860. A copy of our current financial statement is available by writing Joe’s Movement Emporium at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 or by calling 301-699- 1819. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.

Joe’s Twitter Takes an Arts Advocacy Twist

dogweddingJoe’s Movement Emporium gears up to to say a temporary goodbye to their Marketing & Communications person who is taking a 10-day vacation from Joe’s to become a Mrs.

While she’s gone we’re thrilled to turn our Twitter account (@joesmovement) over to the very capable hands of Sarah AbdulRazak. Sarah is pursuing her MA in English Literature at Georgetown University and has been working with Joe’s Movement Emporium to help develop a parent-friendly arts-education after-school advocacy guide (coming soon!).

Meet Sarah, in her own words:

Sarah plots stories in her tepee and changes the world on the road. When she is not seesawing between her make-believe plane of theories and what not in her dim lit writer’s crib, she flies off to serve and discover other planes of existence in faraway shores. She comes to Joe’s with a passion for social activism through the arts and scholarship. Stay tuned for her empowering tweets on how art can make a difference and empower the human imagination. The hashtags: #art #education #empower

Be sure to check Sarah’s fabulous #empowering #artsadvocacy tweets over at @joesmovement from May 5 until May 15th.

Event Announcement: Joe’s Brings Art Education to Gateway’s Open Studios Tour

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Joe’s Movement Emporium will provide arts education opportunities for children enjoying the Gateway Open Studios Tour on Saturday, May 14th. Joe’s art education staff will provide movement and visual arts activities throughout the day. One of Joe’s resident artist companies, UpSpring Studio, will host a variety of aerial demonstrations and opportunities to try the aerial experience in the lobby. All activities are completely free and require no RSVP or reservation.

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Aerial demonstrations every hour on the hour showcase how high our dancers can fly. Aerial students will give mini talks and presentations about how they discovered the art form and even give away some behind the scenes tricks of the trade. Sign up for an opportunity to get on the trapeze bar. All ages & abilities welcome to participate!

RSVP here and get up to date information about event schedule.

Art Education Joe’s Style from 12 noon – 4 pm 

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12 noon: All ages join Joe’s resident Hula Hoop Star and Arts Education Director LaTanya Robinson for a hula hooping jam session that will prove no matter your ability, everybody can hoop.

2 pm: Joe’s own Salsa Queen Jessica Quiroz, our Art Education Assistant Director, teaches your child (8 and up) super-styling salsa dance skills.

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3 pm: Talented local artists and instructor Clara Majors will perform artistic miracles using recycled goods with children ages 8 and up.

RSVP by clicking here and get up to date information regarding event schedule.

All events will offer opportunities to learn more about Joe’s Art Education programs including Camp Joe’s and Club Joe’s as well as experience the magic of Joe’s resident artist companies.

Joe’s Movement Emporium promotes practice and preservation of world performance traditions with an emphasis on dance and movement. Through programs in art education, production and artist services, Joe’s increases community access to creative experiences and creates local economic opportunities. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District since 1995, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually and is home to 25 professional performance groups.

The Gateway Community Development Corporation drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy.

The 12th Annual Gateway Open Studio Tour features artists and organizations in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, home to one of the DC metro area’s most innovative and creative artist community.

Please contact Neena Narayanan at neena@joesmovement.org or 301-699-1819 for more information.