Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

ALH in the Gazette!

Art Lives Here‘s Artist-Business Partnerships were featured in today’s Gazette by staff writer Timothy Sandoval.

“I know that if we have a lot of positive activity there, that will just curb the folks that tend to hang out there and have a lot of anti-social behaviors,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director and founder of Joe’s Movement Emporium. “It will just drive more foot traffic into our businesses.”

In 2012, Kidd had artists focus on properties on the south side of Rhode Island Avenue, and in 2011 on properties on 34th Street.

Kidd said she has seen increased foot traffic in the areas that the Better Block Project had focused on in previous years.

Sandoval opens with the story of Intisar Haamid,  Circle Deli owner in Mount Rainier.  Circle Deli is one of the properties featured in ALH’s Artist-Business Partnerships.

Circle Deli

Haamid describes the deli as “extremely plain … I need something to focus attention on the building.” ALH is soliciting artists with a $2,500 budget who have bright ideas for facade improvement and creative signage.

To read the full article, click HERE.

Timothy Sandoval/The Gazette This past year, an artist painted Aladdin Sizzler restaurant in Mount Rainier as part of Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Better Block Project.

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About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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