Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Announcing Better Block Night!

Join us for Better Block Night next Friday, April 26 from 6pm to 10pm. Visit local shops, listen to live music, and discover local arts on the street and in store windows. See vacant commercial buildings transform into pop-up galleries, business facades with a facelift, and the streets and sidewalks brought to new life!

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Come to our info booth at City Hall Plaza to get a map to discover featured activities…

Mount Rainier Interactive: By artists Greta Byrum and Mike Turner and based on Chatterbox, Mount Rainier Interactive will turn an overlooked alleyway into an interactive story telling studio.

Library/Insurance Building: Meet the artist John Grunwell and his colorful mural design for the Library/Insurance building

Launch Pad: Artist Will McKindley-Ward is the organizer of Launch Pad, a free workshop space serving the young musicians of the Gateway Arts District.  Designed by local musicians and music educators, the workshop assists high-school-age music acts in developing their own unique songcraft, stagecraft, and production skills. Launch Pad will provide live music in and outside of the Gallagher Building on Better Block Night.

Circle Deli Mural: Artist Melissa Glasser mural-in-progress installation will be on view with a chance to meet and talk with the artist. Circle Deli will provide delectable samples for those who stop in. Learn more about Glasser’s creative life in the Gateway Arts District.

Partytime Liquor: This community-friendly liquor store will host a free wine tasting.

Urban Eats Music Café: See the new window lettering design and meet Art-st-Business partners, visual display artist Robin Bliss and business owners Annette and Marsha Martin.  Live music and great eats!  8pm Mount Rainier Jam Band; 9pm Kim Reynolds Quartet

Mon Cheri Haitian Fine Art Gallery hosts and exhibition open reception for a large group show with Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance.

Adinkra Cultural Arts Center and Ubuntu Nakama: Stop by for a drum class observation and then get inspired to join the open dance and drum class for all ages. Love the way you move!

Veteran’s Park: Art Works Studio School will bring a new spirit of fun and creativity to this park with their bubble art activity appropriate for artists of all ages.

Revive Community Acupuncture: Join Revive from 6 – 8 pm for their Open House.

Anacostia Hours:  Learn about the local currency initiative to support the local economy and increase community economic self-reliance. Booth with information at City Hall.

Street Performances by Taratibu Youth Association’s Pan-African Drill Team and wandering story-telling with Moira Jackson

Art Lives Here is a creative campaign that kicked off with an official launch at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville on Friday, April 5, including the release of a local video and an announcement of the artists and projects selected for the spring season. More than 32 artists will produce pop-up galleries, performances, and public art over 10 weeks throughout the arts district.

Art Lives Here is a partnership among the arts community,  local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County.

Be sure to visit, the FREE online portal for arts activities in the Gateway Arts District. Our community’s best tool to search for artists, designers, arts-related organizations and businesses in the Gateway Arts District.

Contact: Neena Narayanan, Art Lives Here Coordinator, at Joe’s Movement Emporium, at or 301-699-1819.


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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