Open 350 days a year for classes, rehearsals, performances, and arts education programs, Joe's is a hub of cultural and community activity. The largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, it is a safe, after-school haven for youth, offering arts activities that nurture self-confidence and self-esteem. Performing Arts Summer Camp (7:30 am to 6 pm) for children ages 4-13 focuses on in-depth study of cultures and their art forms. For teens, CreativeWorks teaches the basics of working backstage and offers academic and employment skills training, and a year of follow-up support. Joe’s also matches school teachers with local artists who infuse arts into the curriculum. And year-round, anyone can swing by Joe’s for classes in yoga, hip hop, Pilates, aerial dance, hand dance and belly dance – or a performance in the intimate 150-seat theater. At Joe's, artists and residents build community – for the greater good.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; Mount Rainer, MD; Brentwood, MD; North Brentwood, MD; Hyattsville, MD; Riverdale, MD; Bladensburg, MD; University Park, MD; College Park, MD

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Mount Rainier Elementary School; Christian Family Montessori School; Thomas Stone Elementary School; Hyattsville Middle School; Rivderdale Elementary School; Takoma Park Elementary

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) your organization serves annually:  
    58,000 individuals attending our community performances and events
  • Value of scholarships awarded to low-income youth:   $70,000
  • Number of people (clients, students, seniors, youth, etc) served annually by our arts outreach programming:  
    18,000 children served through after school programs, summer camp and youth outreach
  • Number of local artists provided with affordable rehearsal and performance space:   50
  • Years of providing educational and artistic experiences:   18 years

Awards & Recognition

• Selection for a third time for inclusion in The Catalogue for Philanthropy! 2013-14

• ARTPlace award of $240,000 for the Art Lives Here project supporting economic and artistic development in the Gateway Arts District, May 2013

• Alan M. Kriegsman Award for Service to the Dance Community. Presented by the Dance/Metro DC at the 9th Annual Metro DC Dance Awards, Kennedy Center, September 2009

• Featured program for innovative movement classes on CNN’s Health Access, December 2008

• Finalist for Arts Education by the Dance Metro DC Awards, September 2006

• What’s Hot in Prince George’s County. The Washington Post, Jan. 2005

• Excellence in Special Events for Community Revitalization Award by the Maryland Downtown Development Association, 2000

• Arts Organization of the Year, Prince George’s Arts Council, 1999


  • Hyattsville Students Take Center Stage Through Theater Tech Program
    Fri May 27 2011, Hyattsville Patch  
    Ingrid Argueta just completed audio/visual training at Joe's Theater Tech Program.

  • The Art of the Job
    Thu May 26 2011, Fox 5  
    A lot of parents can understand this one - trying to get your teenager a job. Joe's Movement Emporium has started a Theater Tech Program

  • Theater Tech Program Helps Area Youth Build Brighter Futures
    Thu May 26 2011, The Sentinel  
    Many Americans have three things on their mind these days: jobs, jobs and jobs. And the situation is no different among youth...

  • Adults Get Back Into the Swing of Things
    Fri Apr 24 2009  
    It's an icon of warm weather and youth: a circular hoop that, when you rock your hips just so, goes round and round. Remember those rotations? Competing with other kids in the neighborhood to see who could keep the hoop up longer? What simple, satisfying bliss that was. Flash forward 25 or 30 years. Maybe you recently picked up your daughter's hula hoop or you tried the Wii version, only to realize your groove is gone. It doesn't have to be. On the last Saturday of each month, Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainer hosts a hoop jam.

  • Gateway EcoArts Festival Celebrates the Green Life
    Thu Oct 23 2008  
    Reggae band Proverbs, guitarist and composer Michelle Webb and electro-acoustic trio Flying Eyes will be the featured performers in the second annual Gateway EcoArts Festival, an environmentally friendly block party celebrating "green" living in the Gateway Arts District.

Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Joe's Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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