Joe’s in the News
December 21, 2017: Gateway CDC celebrates 20 years of arts-focused revitalization
“Ready for Work is a six-year, $15 million investment to help young people in Prince George’s County successfully transition to adulthood career and college ready.'
“I think that after the election, people are doubling down on supporting their community organizations,” [Brooke] Kidd says. “They want to ensure that organizations that provide quality-of-life services are sustained, and that’s a very beautiful thing.”
“It took the Gateway Arts District in Prince George's County almost 20 years to build and market its current operation. The district spans four municipalities — Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, Brentwood and North Brentwood — and two miles with anchor businesses such as Busboys and Poets, a restaurant and performing arts venue, and Joe's Movement Emporium, an artistic hub focused on education and programming.”
July 16, 2017: 2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Think Before You Holla’
July 13, 2017: 2017 Capital Fringe Symposium
July 1, 2017: Cuban and U.S. People Come Together in Rumba Night
June 6, 2017: First ladies on the edge in two plays and a musical
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
“Several community members approached me right after the election and said we have to do something to gather our community,” said Brooke Kidd, director of Joe’s Movement Emporium. “They said ‘let’s have an event where we can come together in fellowship, to sing, to dance.’”
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).
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
January 25, 2015: Local theatre production tackles grief
“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.”
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
“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.”
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
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.”
April 20, 2013: “Art Lives Here” program launches by Rosanna Landis Weaver
“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.
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.