ECA Art News Briefs

Joe’s Movement Emporium Receives $43,400 in Grants

CreativeWorks, Joe’s vocational training program received a combined $39,000 from the Prince George’s County Executive’s Community Partnership Grant and a first-time grant from the Baltimore-based Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. District 1 Council Member Mary Lehmanand the City of Mount Rainier contributed a combined $4,400 to support Joe’s arts education programs, including Club Joe’s after school program and Camp Joe’s summer arts program.

Now in its ninth year, CreativeWorks (formerly the Theater Tech Program) provides critical support to under-resourced teens and young adults ages 17-21 in Prince George’s County by helping them secure employment and prepare for higher education with the goal of ending generational poverty. In fiscal 2017 (ending June 30th), CreativeWorks served 585 participants through its 10-month core training program, two week-long intensives and classroom presentations throughout the county.

Camp Joe’s and Club Joe’s are out-of-school time programs that engage youth, ages 4-13, throughout the year benefiting their intellectual, personal, and social development through the arts. Offered in a creative, vibrant, and supportive arts-based learning environment, youth learn team building, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills while sharpening fine motor and cognitive abilities. In fiscal 2017, both programs served 178 unique youth.
“As a single mother struggling through various financial hardships, Joe’s provided a safe and affordable haven for my two daughters to grow and be nurtured. They are now in middle and high school, pursuing courses in creative and performing arts,” said Ivana H. Miranda, a former Club Joe’s and Camp Joe’s parent.

(via Joe’s Movement Emporium. Photo courtesy of Joe’s Movement Emporium.)