🎓 Celebrating Joe’s CreativeWorks Graduates 🎓

Join Joe’s in celebrating the graduation of 30 young people from CreativeWorks – a workforce development program with emphasis in arts-based training

Joe’s Movement Emporium honors graduating participants of CreativeWorks this Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm. The graduation ceremony will feature Joe’s CreativeWorks staff, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director, Brooke Kidd, and two special guests: Keynote Address Speaker Victor Kwansa and Guest Performer Patrick Washington. The graduation is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the event. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. More information can be found online at www.joesmovement.org.

About CreativeWorks

CreativeWorks is a vocational training program in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education. In addition to technical skills in the entertainment industry—such as theater tech, lighting, sound, digital media, photography and videography—CreativeWorks focuses on life and career development. 


Victor A. Kwansa, Esq. is an attorney, education advocate, poet, and essayist from Prince George’s County. He received a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 2008, and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011. He has spoken and/or performed at universities, K-12 schools, community centers, and even once while visiting a former slave camp in Ghana, his parents’ home country. Victor’s website (www.victorkwansa.com) features his poetry and commentary.

patrick-washington-460x204About Patrick Washington

Patrick is one of the area’s premier performance poets. As part of the dynamic hip-hop poetry ensemble POEM-CEES, he’s been a regular performer on HBO and on the NFL Network. In 2009 he was asked by Tavis Smiley to serve as narrator for his national African American Museum exhibit, “America I Am.” His biggest honor by far was being commissioned to create a poem dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, which he performed at the unveiling of the memorial on the national mall on October 16th 2011.  Patrick recently launched his own arts education company, Dialect of Prince George’s, and with it created the position of Youth Poet Laureate for the county.

WHAT:  CreativeWorks Graduation

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm – FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

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

RSVP: Linda@joesmovement.org


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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Ready, Set, Bake!

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a proud member of the Mount Rainier Business Association (MRBA). So it’s with pleasure and pride we help them announce the MRBA Bake-Off this Mount Rainier Day, October 1st!


Weekend Bakers of the Gateway Arts District! Enter your best baked dessert in the

Mount Rainier Business Association’s Mount Rainier Day Bake-Off

Entries will be judged by a combination of Mount Rainier residents and members of local Mount Rainier businesses

Deadline to Register: September 23

Competition Date: October 1

Bake-off will take place on Rhode Island Avenue during Mount Rainier Day.

Judging and the awarding of prizes will take place at 2:30 pm.

Prizes include: Cash and Gift Certificates to Mount Rainier businesses.

If you are a Mount Rainier resident and are interested in being a judge for the contest please contact: mountrainierba@gmail.com

Download Flyer PDF Here

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Joe’s Artists & Programs Spend Day at The Mall at Prince George’s

September 17th Joe’s Movement Emporium programs take over center court at the Mall

Joe’s Movement Emporium’s teaching artists and upcoming performers take the court for a day of demonstrations, mini-lessons & performances, and arts & crafts on Saturday, September 17th from 11 am – 3 pm. The event will take place at the Mall at Prince Georges center court, located at 3500 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782. The event is free for all. Please see below for schedule.

“We’re excited to give mall shoppers an opportunity to have the Joe’s experience for free”, says Brooke Kidd, Executive Director. At the heart of Joe’s mission is a belief that everyone should have access to outstanding arts experiences. Joe’s has selected a mix of some of our best arts instructors and upcoming performing artists in order to give the community a unique opportunity to experience a sample of Joe’s Fall Season and Semester of classes at no cost.

Schedule of events:

  • 11 am: Body Pump Demo & Mini Lesson with Ncrease Fitness, LLC
  • 11:30 am: Sacred Hips in Motion Bellydance Workout
  • 12 noon: Tamara Wellons Music Well-Water Tour Promo
  • 12:30 pm: JAM the Revue Musical Revue Promo
  • 1 pm: Dancehall Fusion Demo & Mini Lesson with Raediant Movement
  • 1:30 pm: Zumba Demo & Mini Lesson with Ncrease Fitness, LLC
  • 2 pm: Tai Chi Demo & Mini Lesson
  • 2:30 pm: Hand Dance Demo & Mini Lesson with Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute

For a full list of Joe’s Fall Semester of Classes please visit: http://www.joesmovement.org/adult_classes. For the full line up of Joe’s Fall Season please visit: http://www.joesmovement.org/show_tickets.

For more information visit www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699- 1819


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Internationally Acclaimed West African Master Dancer Moustapha Bangoura in Mount Rainier

Le Bagatae Dance and Drum founder comes to Joe’s one-day only to teach a dance workshop for adults and children that includes live drumming

REGISTER NOW BUTTONSun, Jun. 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm, master dancer, drummer, and choreographer Moustapha Bangoura imparts his decades of dance experiences to the community in a West African Dance Workshop at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Admission is open to all dancers at $15 per adult and $10 per child age 10 and under. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in for this 2 hour-long immersive experience.

About Moustapha Bangoura

MOUSTAPHA BANGOURAMoustapha is a 22 year veteran of the largest and most celebrated dance compabny from the continent of Africa- Les Ballets Africains. He is the internationally acclaimed master dancer, drummer and choreographer and has traveled the globe bring the colorful musical performance traditions of his homeland to audiences worldwide. Moustapha founded LE BAGATAE DANCE AND DRUM, an authorized dance and drum school in Guinea. He was the Associate Artistic Director for Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago from 2000-2005. In 2006 he established Won Tan Nara/Ballet Guinean of France in Europe. He is presently the Artistic Director with Le Bagatae Dance and Drum Ensemble and choreographer for Legends of West Africa.


Admission to the workshop is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 10 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699-1819.

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: FREE & very nearly FREE things to do at Joe’s this Weekend


  • Thursday, May 12th at 11 am: Watch students from Northwestern High School take to Joe’s stage in a performance that concludes their 9-week residency entitled “Movement Experience”. This moving showcase of the power of dance will have you leaping out of your seat to join them on the dance floor. FREE TO ATTEND. ALL WELCOME.


  • Friday, May 13th at 5:30 pm: A Joe’s staff favorite, see what the Club Joe’s kids have been working on all semester! Experience the warm wash of joy & pride as you watch children from local elementary schools perform dances traditions from around the world learned right here in Mount Rainier, MD. $5 PER ADULT. KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE. ALL WELCOME.

SATURDAY (Happy Gateway Open Studios Tour!)

  • Saturday, May 14th from 12 noon – 4 pm: Experience Arts Education as only Joe’s can serve it. The leadership team of Joe’s Art Education programs take to the studios to offer free hula hooping at 12 noon, free salsa lessons at 2 pm and free visual arts class at 3 pm. Consider this a free sneak preview of what Camp Joe’s has to offer. FREE. SOME AGE RESTRICTIONS APPLY.
  • Saturday, May 14th from 2 – 5 pm: Joe’s Movement Emporium’s highest flying artist resident company, UpSpring Studio, gives an all-access look into the world of aerial. Demonstrations offered in the lobby AND opportunities to sign up for a free mini-lessons for all ages and all abilities. FREE. ALL AGES & ABILITIES ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.


  • Sunday, May 15th at 10 am: Join yoga instructor Stephen Bascietto, for Community Vinyasa Yoga. This free class runs through June 19th. The class features a moderately paced flow style class with a mix of standing/balancing postures followed by calming “yin style” floor postures. FREE DROP-IN CLASS!
  • Sunday, May 15th at 4 pm: A one-day-only opportunity to watch the classic fairytale story of “The Magic Horse” come to life before your very eyes. Zerkalo Musical Theater returns to Joe’s with their bi-lingual ensemble of child actors for this work-in-process showing. All ages welcome! PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH, CASH ONLY AT DOOR.