Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Art Lives Here Enlivens Vacant Commercial Space

Pop-up Gallery and Creative Saturdays at The Shops at Queens Chillum

ALH logo6Mount Rainier, MD – Art Lives Here and The Shops at Queens Chillum are pairing up to launch a series of placemaking events that showcase the talents of Gateway Arts District artists in a multi-use shopping center located in Hyattsville, Maryland and on the border of Mount Rainier. The Shops at Queens Chillum are funding these programs and events, which directly support local artists.

Jewel Box logoJEWEL BOX, a pop-up gallery, will open its doors in a vacant 2,300 sq. ft. commercial space that was formerly Fleisher’s Jewelers, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for public viewing. There will be an Opening Reception on September 5, 2013, from 7 – 9 pm. Emerging and established artists applied for an opportunity to participate in this group exhibition, which is curated by John Paradiso and Tim McLorraine.

Art Lives Here also will present a Creative Saturdays series to attract families and local community members to the center with creative engagement activities and performances each Saturday in September. The series will kick off with Family Yoga, Art with Abigail, and Irish Folk music. The final weekend will feature a Hoop Jam with Mount Rainier Mayor Malinda Miles. On Friday, September 20, 2013, a nighttime performance of Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin presented as video and animation will be projected on the shopping center facade.

Tim McLorraine's Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin

Tim McLorraine’s Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin

Through the Art Lives Here initiative, the artist community is partnering with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County to increase regional visibility for the Gateway Arts District and to enliven the two-mile historic corridor. Art Lives Here uses a mix of temporary and longer-term projects to support existing small business, attract commercial in-fill, prepare for a new round of anchor developments, and further strengthen the art district’s diverse and streetwise creative communities.

“The Shops at Queens Chillum is an anchor commercial center for the Mount Rainier, Adelphi and Hyattsville communities,” said Carole Bernard, Executive Director of the Gateway Community Development Corporation. “It is our hope to bring placemaking initiatives to this area in an effort to not only support the major stores located there, such as CVS, Payless Shoes, Radio Shack, Dunkin’ Donuts, and others, but also to highlight the various talented artists who make the Gateway Arts District a unique destination place in Prince George’s County.”

Better Block 2013 Photo by Evan Wilder

Better Block 2013 Photo by Evan Wilder

Visit the Art Lives Here website at to learn more about this year-long visibility campaign within the Gateway Arts District.

Also, 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.

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Art Lives Here is coordinated by Joe’s Movement Emporium with Gateway Community Development Corporation, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and many arts organizations and county agencies on behalf of the vibrant creative community residing in the Gateway Arts District. Art Lives Here has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Cafritz Foundation and many generous local businesses.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is the community performing arts center of World Arts Focus, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization founded in 1992. The mission is to promote participation and practice in dance, movement, and performing arts traditions from around the world while using the arts as a key tool to revitalize community. Founded in 1992, World Arts Focus provides educational and cultural programs incorporating dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world. For more information call (301) 699-1819 or visit

About neenajoe

Neena Narayanan, Art Lives Here Project Coordinator and Development Associate, supports, aids and organizes the dynamic team behind the National Endowment for the Arts funded creative placemaking project, Art Lives Here (ALH). She works behind the scenes maintaining contact information, scheduling meetings, organizing project materials, managing selection processes and producing ALH social media. Neena comes to Joe's after two years at the Hydrocephalus Association where she worked with the fundraising and administrative branches of the organization. She brings data management, marketing and fundraising experience from arts and health care non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area including Studio Gallery, Best Cure Foundation, DC Arts Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington Project for the Arts. Neena holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester where she worked at the Memorial Art Gallery and was Vice President of Communications for Delta Gamma, and a Masters of Art in Arts Management from American University where she served on the executive committee of the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium and ran the Kids@Katzen program.

2 comments on “Art Lives Here Enlivens Vacant Commercial Space

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