Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

TOMORROW Creative Placemaking Skates into Mount Rainier, MD

ALH logo6Art Lives Here Southside Music and Skateboarding Series returns to the Gateway Arts District for another year of live music, grilling and community building

On June 21st the Southside Skateboarding & Music Series kicks off at 12 noon in the Mount Rainier Skatepark located on the corner of Otis + Wells Streets. The event will open with a demonstration by the crew from Jimmy Pelletier’s The DC Wheels to the live music of Lee Blackwood & Graham. At 2 pm the event will transitions over to an open skate session with DJ. The City of Mount Rainier is providing a grill so all are invited to bring their own “grillables”. The event will wrap up at 4 pm. All are welcome to come, eat, skate, watch, meet and greet during this free community building event. 

Photo by Artis Moon Amarche

Photo by Artis Moon Amarche

The Art Lives Here initiative began in 2013 with an Our Town grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Southside Music and Skate Series began than with two community friendly free performances at the Mount Rainier Skatepark by the band Inner Loop. The artists of Red Dirt Studio open their doors to the community and facilitated a grill station while the City of Mount Rainier provided a generator. The response from the surrounded community was clear and best summed up a local Mount Rainier resident, “Please please consider doing more concerts, it was truly a blessing to have free entertainment in our community I would support more events like this.” So when Art Lives Here was funded an additional year through ArtPlace America, partners were pleased when Blackwood returned with another proposal to continue growing and developing the Southside Music Series.

photo by: Mikhail Bezruchko

Photo by Mikhail Bezruchko

June 21st is Go Skateboarding Day, an official annual holiday conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies to promote skateboarding. Blackwood is excited to have The DC Wheels at the Mount Rainier Skate Park on this holiday providing demonstration. The organization was founded in 2007 to use “the power of skateboarding to change and save lives.” Learn more about this great group by clicking here

This event is organized by Marc Blackwood of Inner Loop band and J.J. McCracken of Red Dirt Studio. The event is made possible by funding from Art Lives Here via Joe’s Movement Emporium.

RSVP to the event by clicking HERE. 



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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