Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Art Lives Here Announces 2014 Creative Placemaking Projects

ALH logo2Mount Rainier, MD –Art Lives Here (ALH) organizers will host a Happy Hour at Urban Eats Music Café to announce the 2014 ALH creative placemaking programming and its participating artists, organizations and businesses on Thursday, February 27 at 6:00pm.

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Ellyn Weiss photo courtesy of Artist

“An RFP for creative placemaking was released on January 6, 2014, and over 50 artists and community members submitted proposals to conduct community-based projects,” said Brooke Kidd, Joe’s Movement Emporium Executive Director. “The proposals adhered to creative placemaking guidelines as defined by ArtPlace America, including: improving neighborhood quality of life; encouraging creative activity; fostering strong community identity and a sense of place; or contributing to a local economy. We are excited about the 2014 ALH season.”  

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Inner Loop photo courtesy of Artist Facebook Page

ALH selected 21 artists to lead and partner with local organizations and ALH partners to collaborate on Better Block projects and other arts related programming and events. Among the selected projects, the 2014 season of ALH will include singing in local barbershops, dancing in public and private spaces, pop-up art workshops in local laundromats, a farmer’s market, mural paintings, aerial experiences, ecology exhibits, local art installations, music and more.

Daniel Burkholder

Daniel Burkholder photo by Marketa Ebert

Selected artists and collaborators include: Artis Moon Amarche, Hermione Rhones, Marc Blackwood, Jonah Blaustein, Becky Borlan, Daniel Burkholder, Robert Engelman, Kenny George, Leslie Holt, Bradley Kennedy, Susan Kleps, Lesole Maine, Jennifer Marsh, Patrick McDonough, Kel Millione, Tamara Wellons, Jayne Price, Krista Schyler, Greg Slade, Ellyn Weiss, Maida Withers. For more details on their proposed projects please click here.

Cafe Youth photo by Herman Burney

Cafe Youth photo by Herman Burney

Art Lives Here is a community collaboration facilitated by Joe’s Movement Emporium. Planning Partners include Art Works Now, Gateway Community Development Corporation, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, and Red Dirt Studio. The initiative is supported by ArtPlace America and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

For additional information about Art Lives Here, contact Neena Narayanan, Art Lives Here Coordinator, at Joe’s Movement Emporium, at or 301-699-1819. Please visit and to learn more about Art Lives Here and the Gateway Arts District. 

Joe’s Movement Emporium is the 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 education, production and artist services. For more information: (301) 699-1819 or visit

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. To learn more:


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 “Art Lives Here Announces 2014 Creative Placemaking Projects

    February 27, 2014

    Sounds like a great party. I am still in Argentina. Sorr to miss it. Maida

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