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February 13, 2019: This D.C. musician was heartbroken after a breakup, so she made a musical about her ex The Washington Post

November 29, 2018: HyCDC-led project reckons with Hyattsville's racist past Hyattsville Life & Times

August 1, 2018: Free Subs: Jersey Mike's Raises Money for Joe's The Hyattsville Wire

June 5, 2018: Club Joe's Marks 20 Years in Mount Rainier The Hyattsville Wire

June 26, 2018: Ally Theatre revisits pool racism in world premiere Washington Post

June 26, 2018: Why Route 1 is a Kids' Performing Arts Hub The Hyattsville Wire

June 22, 2018: Ally Theatre Company dives into racism, discrimination in new play ... Hyattsville Life & Times

April 3, 2018: Happenstance delivers easygoing 'Cabaret Noir' Washington Post

February 15, 2018: ‘Wedding in Bukhara’ revives Jewish dances from the Silk Road

January 27, 2018: Review: ‘Rabbit Summer’ at Ally Theater Company

January 24, 2018: Interview: Tracey Conyer Lee, ‘Rabbit Summer’ Playwright (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

January 18, 2018: DC Theater Friday: The city festival grows

January 15, 2018: Two plays tackle American history, from police brutality to the presidency

December 21, 2017: Gateway CDC celebrates 20 years of arts-focused revitalization

December 4, 2017: VPP’s New Strategic Initiative Will Enhance Capacity of Youth-Serving Nonprofits in Prince George’s County

“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.'

November 14, 2017: Greater Washington nonprofits struggle to land dollars as area foundations shift focus

“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.”

July 24, 2017: Could Catonsville become an arts and entertainment district? The idea is under study

“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 20, 2017: Sexual harassment and the occupation: Hardball plays at Fringe

July 19, 2017: This Capital Fringe Show Takes On Street Harassment's Pervasiveness

July 16, 2017: 2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Think Before You Holla’

July 13, 2017: 2017 Capital Fringe Symposium

July 12, 2017: Ally Theatre Company Partners With Defend Yourself to Offer Free Self-Defense and Bystander Training Workshops

July 1, 2017: Cuban and U.S. People Come Together in Rumba Night

June 19, 2017: Ally Theatre Company presents THINK BEFORE YOU HOLLA as part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival

June 6, 2017: First ladies on the edge in two plays and a musical

May 4, 2017: ‘How about that, Miz Washington?’: Ally Theatre Company brings untold stories to Gateway Arts District

April 22, 2017: Growing pains: Election in a small Maryland city exposes racial, class divides

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).

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