Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Tomorrow, Saturday May 18th: Mount Rainier Day and Launch Pad

mount rainier day

This Mount Rainier Day will feature Bloco Afro Samba Trovão on the main stage at 12 noon! Bloco afro Samba Trovão has been in the Washington DC area for 5 years developing programs, workshops and projects for children, adults and to anyone interested in the African roots of Brazilian culture. Our sound comes from the Northeast state of Brazil, Salvador, Bahia where samba music mixes with the rhythms of Reggae, Muzenza, Candomble, Forro, Capoeira and Afoxe.

Join us from 11 am – 6 pm for the full experience of events, art education activities  food vendors and more!

Also announcing Launch Pad‘s final performance!


Why do Launch Pad? In McKindley-Ward’s own words:

As a teenager growing up in Mount Rainier, I was perhaps overly fortunate to have access to good friends with musical pretensions, equipment, a space to use it in, parent’s who did not complain at 2:00am when we were still playing, and a household of deaf neighbors. Without that no-holds-barred aural laboratory at my disposal, who knows how I would have spent my time.

When I imagine my life that could have been – a passion for music stifled, completely dormant or half-realized – I can’t help but conclude that there are plenty of young people in the area for whom this potentiality is a reality. Maybe theirs is not a passion for music, but maybe it is, and I think I honor the opportunities I’ve had by finding these people and giving access to similar resources. This is where I’m from; this is where I feel most alive, and these are the people that I want to invest in.

Mount Rainier Day will happen rain or shine, so we’ll see you tomorrow no with umbrellas or sunscreen! Looking forward to celebrating with you all!


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

One comment on “Tomorrow, Saturday May 18th: Mount Rainier Day and Launch Pad

  1. Pingback: Putting the “creative” in “placemaking” | ART LIVES HERE

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