Gallery ReLaunch, Creative Workshop, Red Dirt Firehouse Party, House Concert… all free and fun this Saturday!

September 27th is a big day in the Gateway Arts District, you can get in on all the action! Here’s the line up.

The PlayGround by Casi York 3Acts of Arriving Workshop: 1 – 3 pm

3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Join Daniel Burkholder and the PlayGround at Joe’s Movement Emporium for a creative placemaking workshop. You will be able to participate in some of the creative exercises The PlayGround has been using to create and develop Acts of Arriving. This will include visual arts, writing, and, of course, moving. Come and participate as much as you’d like, or hang out a watch as they perform excerpts from the whole work. You can stay for 10 minutes or 2 hours – it is up to you.


169377_458468234171003_591914111_oZIMSTONE GALLERY: 2 – 6 PM

3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, Maryland 20722

Please join us as we re-launch Zimstone Gallery at the Gateway Arts Center. The Masters of Zimbabwean stone carving (Shona) speak of listening to the stone. As the great Sylvester Mubayi says, “The stones talk to me!” On display will be “peaceful”works from the early masters, established mid-career carvers and the up and coming. We look forward to having you join us as we embark upon this journey.


10563034_10204686576589309_2861162745781444229_nRed Dirt Firehouse Fundraiser: 4 – 10 pm

4051 34th Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Art Works Now and Joe’s Movement Emporium will be providing some activities for kids in the afternoon, along with steel drums from Pan Masters Steel Orchestra. Local music from Marc Blackwood and colleagues fromInnerLoop later in the evening, local brew all day long from Frannklin’s Brewery and home brewers. Come help celebrate and create the new Red Dirt Studio! MAKE DONATION.


10628226_10152757264241579_779630866618244958_nHouse Concert: Knockbox Stringband: 8 pm

4109 29th Street Mount Rainier Maryland

The Knockbox Stringband are an acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin trio that blend together Appalachian roots music with jazz, swing, and New-England folk. As John Bright, owner of the music venue, The Purple Fiddle puts, “Come see one of the world’s most renowned jazz violinists (Zach Brock) team up with the best songwriter (Rebecca Wudarski) that West Virginia has to offer!”



Do you want to WALK, RUN, or PLAY with us?

The PlayGround by Casi York 3

Acts of Arriving, Photo by Casi York

Acts of Arriving

A series of creative workshops and interactive performances in four locations across Metro DC investigating place, community, and the creative act of making a home.

Do you want to walk, run & play with us?

As many of you know we are reaching the culmination of 18 months of creative process, research, and developing Acts of Arriving. We have already offered 2 workshops, with 2 more workshops ahead, and on October 18th a full day of performances. As part of Acts of Arriving, or in conjunction, we have some exciting opportunities for you to WALK, RUN, or PLAY with us.

Check it out:

WALK: On October 18th we will be performing in four locations across DC – starting in Mount Rainier before we walk to Brookland, then Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, and finally arriving at The Kennedy Center. Do you want to walk with us? Meet us at any location, watch the performance, and then walk with us to the next location. You can walk from one place to the next, or spend the whole day with us. Just bring some snacks and something to drink. We would love for you to join us!

RUN: In the morning of October 18th Mount Rainier is holding their annual Mount Rainier-Gateway 5K Run. It starts at Joe’s Movement Emporium at 9:30am and end just in time to see our kick-off performance of Acts of Arriving. First run, then see a performance. Great way to start a (hopefully) beautiful fall day! Register HERE.

PLAY: We are offering 2 more Acts of Arriving creative projects, in which we will be offering you a glimpse into our creative process. You will be able to participate in some of the creative exercises we have been using to create and develop Acts of Arriving. This will include visual arts, writing, and, of course, moving. Come and participate as much as you’d like, or hang out a watch as we perform excerpts from the whole work. You can stay for 10 minutes or 2 hours – it is up to you.

RSVP Here.

The next two workshops will be at the following locations (and times):

Saturday, Sept. 27 1-3:30 Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20912

Saturday, Oct. 11 5-7:30pm The Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

We are looking forward to seeing you at one, or more, of these events.

Come and enjoy Acts of Arriving!

Acts of Arriving, Photo by Casi York

Acts of Arriving, Photo by Casi York

More about Acts of Arriving

Acts of Arriving will engage four communities across DC in workshops examining issues of creating,strengthening and celebrating those communities – which will include Mount Rainier, MD, Brookland, Meridian Hill Park and The Kennedy Center. We will also be presenting a 45-minute participatory performance featuring dance, spoken word, and live music in each location.

We have great partners – Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dance Place, Washington Parks and People, and The Kennedy Center – for this project. They are supporting us in amazing ways – from connecting to diverse audience to financial and technical support. But because this project is so ambiguous, we need our community to rally and support us, so we can bring to fruition this wonderful project and truly engage and celebrate these communities.

Acts of Arriving: A Peek Behind the Concept

I had the opportunity to ask a few quick questions to Daniel Burkholder, the mind behind The PlayGround‘s Acts of Arriving project starting at Joe’s Movement Emporium at 11 am on October 18th, and traveling throughout the city to finish at the Millennium Stage of the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center.

The PlayGround by Casi York 2What can families expect when they show up to your workshops?

Daniel Burkholder: There will be a number of activities for family members of all ages to participate in, including a visual art project, an aspiration wall where we ask people to list aspirations for their community, a map to detail all the places they’ve lived, a dance for everyone to learn, and some mini-performances throughout the time period. People can come and go as they please – stay for 5 minutes, or two hours.

RSVP for the September 27th workshop by clicking here.

The PlayGround by Casi York 4How is the audience involved during October 18th’s Acts of Arriving?

Daniel Burkholder: We will engaging people during the performances on October 18th through simply talking with them, inviting some of them to join us onstage for different sections and, at the end, inviting everyone to join in a big dance party.

RSVP for the October 18th Acts of Arriving Event by clicking here.

The PlayGround by Casi York 3Why is this project special to you?

Daniel Burkholder: For the last number of years, I have been interested in the history of communities, how people come together to form communities, and what makes people leave one home for another. Through this interest I have been creating a series of works exploring these ideas, along with research in immigration and the borders we have in our lives (personal, religious, political, etc..). Acts of Arriving is the final project in this series and I’m very excited to bring all these ideas together through movement, spoken word and original music to a number of communities in DC.

And, consequently, this work has become more personal to me as of late because me and my family have recently relocated to Milwaukee, so we are in the midst of creating a new home, finding community, and putting down new roots in a new city.

You can be a part of Acts of Arriving by attending one of the workshops, September 27th, at Joe’s Movement Emporium and, of course, spending they day with The PlayGround October 18th the day of the event.