Joe’s in the News

March 1, 2017: African drum and dance troupe celebrates 33 years with show​

January 27, 2017: Women’s March brings neighbors together in fight against discrimination

December 16, 2016: Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

November 10, 2016: ‘Our Place in the Universe’: An Interview with Flying V’s Jason Schlafstein

August 25, 2016: Art of Noise

September 24, 2015: Joe’s Movement Founder Named Business Leader of Year

A vocal advocate for the arts, she has participated in state and national panels to educate and support other leaders involved in community arts service, capacity-building innovations, and arts and entertainment districts.

September 23, 2015: After-school transportation approved by council for Joe’s Movement Emporium

“I do very much support this, knowing that this is the beginning of a program. … Right now, we know that there is a demand in Hyattsville Elementary School and we have a commitment to reach out to the other schools in our community,” said Councilmember Shani Warner (Ward 2).

August 19, 2015: ‘Rocky Horror’ Dipped in Chocolate Plays August 28th and August 30th By Earl Melvin and Michael Harris

August 3, 2015: City council considers Joe’s Movement Emporium after-school transportation by Nadia Barnett

July 8, 2015: Joe’s Movement Emporium receives matching grant compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett

June 4, 2015: Performance art piece at Joe’s Movement Emporium digs into “Dream Island”

May 15, 2015: #GazetteWKND: Put down the remote and venture outside by Will C. Franklin

May 14, 2015: ‘BOXES, the play,’ seeks to inspire audiences at Joe’s Movement Emporium By Raecine Williams

April 17, 2015: About 50 turn out for annual Art Scholars drag show by Jess Nocera

March 14, 2015: Joe’s Movement Emporium celebrates 20 years by Ryan Carbo

Dance artist Brooke Kidd, who co-founded Joe’s with Ajax Joe Drayton, said the idea for the nonprofit began when she and her fellow American University graduates needed a space to perform. Kidd drew inspiration from the open nature of the arts culture in Cameroon, where she had previously spent time.

March 4, 2015: WAMU Art Beat With Lauren Landau

February 26, 2015: Musicians BOOMscat to perform at The Clarice

February 12, 2015: Group puts ‘chocolate’ twist on ‘Rocky Horror’ by Kirsty Groff

February 10, 2015: Mount Rainier center celebrates 20 years of creativity, community by Kirsten Petersen

January 25, 2015: Local theatre production tackles grief

January 21, 2015: Theater Tech Program helps prepare teens to enter workforce by Scarlett Salem

“I want to go to an arts school…so the films that I make here, I can add to my portfolio. Which is a benefit because not a lot of students have that,” said TTP participant and Northwestern High School Senior Rosaura Martinez, “We have the opportunity to use the technology we don’t have at home.”

October 10, 2014: Local theater companies turn toward “pay-what-you-can” pricing by Danielle Ohl

October 07, 2014: Prince George’s school pilot program infuses arts with core subjects by Jamie Anfenson-Comeau

The role of several organizations currently working with the school system to provide arts education and teacher training, including the Prince George’s Arts Council, Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier and others, will be expanded, Ceschini said.

September 15, 2014: Hyattsville Arts Festival draws crowds, rain by Jamie Anfenson-Comeau

August 14, 2014: A joyful noise

April 23, 2014: Better Block Night returns to promote Mount Rainier culture Event raises awareness for art, small business by Kirsty Groff

“We really liked the idea of how the Better Block program matched arts with small businesses to attract the same audience they both desire,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director for Joe’s Movement Emporium. “We also appreciated that it had a component of improving storefronts and sidewalk spaces as well as temporary use in vacant properties.”

March 13, 2014: Mount Rainier youth outreach program goes digital by Emilie Eastman

March 7, 2014: Neighborhood profile: Mount Rainier, a haven for artists, and now redevelopment by Jim Brocker

A place for artists: Tarlau says Mount Rainier’s walkable neighborhoods and local businesses already have appeal. The Glut health-food cooperative has anchored the local commercial district since 1969, and performance venue Joe’s Movement Emporium had 70,000 visitors for its classes and events last year, said director Brooke Kidd, an 18-year resident who also serves on the city’s business association.

February 15, 2014: Doing wellness well: local event covers health issues by Barbara Ryan

November 19, 2013: Sackler’s ‘Art in Context’ lets participants practice yoga in the gallery by Vicky Hallett

It can be a bit strange to feel like part of an art exhibit, but Brooke Kidd, 45, founder and executive director of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, didn’t have any problem with being on display. “People need to see how easy it is, and how accessible it is,” Kidd said. “The body wants to move.”

June 06, 2013: Joe’s Movement Emporium welcomes French-born musicians June 13 in Mount Rainier by Virginia Terhune

April 20, 2013: “Art Lives Here” program launches by Rosanna Landis Weaver

March 7, 2012: Vacant funeral home to get facelift as Mount Rainier revives gateway by Jeffrey K. Lyles

“We want to transform it from vacancy to vibrancy,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, a performing arts center that has been involved in community beautification programs.

January 26, 2012: In Pr. George’s, Takoma Park has a lesser-known, lower-priced alternative by Kayleigh Kulp

Kidd settled on Mount Rainier, a little city in Prince George’s County on the District’s northeastern border, 16 years ago. There she started Joe’s Movement Emporium, a nonprofit community performing arts center that provides educational and cultural programs for children and adults. A mainstay in this art-centric community, Joe’s hosts free weekly yoga, ballet and hip-hop classes as well as after-school programs, wellness workshops, summer arts camps, and performances from local and visiting artists.

August 8, 2009: Where We Live: Mount Rainier Offers Affordable Homes on the District Border by Jim Brocker


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