Mapping Racism in the Gateway Arts District
With focus primarily on the racial division between Brentwood and North Brentwood, Maryland, Mapping Racism highlights an intentional history of racial division
Mt. Rainier, MD— Joe’s Movement Emporium and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation have joined forces to produce an innovative, and informative project that will highlight what is now the Gateway Arts District and its intentional history of racial division. Mapping Racism is unlike any other collaborative arts and humanities project produced in this area. Its mission is to reveal the hidden architecture of segregation in Prince George’s County, done in part through examining and exposing the use of restrictive deed covenants in the creation of new housing. This was long before it became one of the most welcoming and wealthiest minority-majority communities in the country.
Joe’s has identified a talented group of artists such as Ally Theatre, Orange Grove Dance, and playwright Doug Robinson, to partner in creating programs based on the documentation and research provided by Hyattsville CDC. Andre Mazelin, a seasoned arts presenter based in Baltimore, will serve as Project Coordinator. These series of produced works and curated conversations will create the foundation for community building and further discussions on the history of discrimination in our area.
Mapping Racism will launch February 2019 with a series of public performances and discussions to explore, through art, the racist practices of the early twentieth century that defined the very neighborhoods we live in today. Hyattsville CDC’s ultimate goal is to develop a useful online tool kit for property owners to cleanse their deeds.
With early support from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Cross Sector Arts Partnership program and Maryland Humanities, Joe’s and Hyattsville CDC will present the series of exciting programming included below. The Cross-Sector Arts Partnership program aims to support strong, collaborative partnership models between arts and non-arts entities that provide a platform for artistic creation and strong community impact.
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.