Art Lives Here Kick-Off Event: First Fridays at Busboys and Poets

By Editorial Team on April 4, 2013
Photo courtesy of Art Lives Here.
Photo courtesy of Art Lives Here.
Meet the Artists: Friday, April 5 from 5:30pm to 7 pm

Join the Art Lives Here team for First Fridays at Busboys and Poets to meet a few of the selected performing and visual artists who will be a part of the Downtown Spring Season. Presenting artists include those selected for the artist-business partnerships of Better Block Project, the performance series produced by Joe’s Movement Emporium and the Art Attacks produced by Art Works Studio School.

There will be a meet and greet on Friday, April 5, 2013 from 5:30 – 7 pm with the following featured artists:

Art Attack: Nehemiah Dixon III has exhibited at The PASS Gallery, The Sumner Museum, The Phillips Collection, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art and the Washington DC Superior Court house. He has taught painting and drawing at Sidwell Friends and is currently teaching art at Joe’s Movement Emporium. He previously worked as an art installer in various Smithsonian museums throughout the metropolitan area. His goal is to stay involved in the arts through youth outreach groups such as Taratibu Youth Association and Club Joe’s.

Performance Series: Maurice, Philippa and Friends centers around jazz vocalist Maurice Johnson, and pianist Philippa Smith-Tyler. MP&F often perform with woodwind player and drummer, Ben Sands, and internationally-known bassist Wes Biles. MP&F also includes other vocalists, such as singer and storyteller, Victoria Barnett. MP&F perform songs by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong as well as contemporary classics like Alicia Keyes and John Legend.

Artist-Business Partnership: Melissa Glasser was born in June 1975 in Newport News, VA.  Growing up in Washington, DC, she was exposed to painting at an early age by her father, artist and teacher, the late David T. Glasser.  In 1997, she received a BFA from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in painting and ceramics.  She moved to New York City where she continued to create and exhibit artwork that emphasizes the female figure through color and pattern.  In 2004, Glasser moved to the Gateway Art District in Mt. Rainier, MD.  She continues to work in oils and acrylics from her Brentwood studio and is also involved in public art commissions for murals in the Gateway Arts District, the Port Towns and surrounding communities.

Each artist will complete a brief presentation and audience engagement piece as part of the evening’s presentation.

Busboys and Poets’ “First Fridays” is a monthly series which includes artist talks, local studio visits and more. Busboys’ “First Fridays” will combine a reception, artist talks and the unique opportunity to meet other local artists, as well as see their work in the surrounding areas. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Learn more about Busboys and Poets here:

Busboys and Poets Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday   8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday   8:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight
  • Saturday   9:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight
  • Sunday   9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Busboys and Poets is located at  5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.

In Mount Rainier, Maryland, the arts community is partnering with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County to enliven the Mount Rainier town center and increase the regional visibility of the Gateway Arts District using a mix of temporary projects and equity investments to support existing small business, attract commercial in-fill, prepare for new anchor developments, and further strengthen our diverse, creative, streetwise communities. This is Art Lives Here.

Visit their website at to learn more about this year long visibility campaign within the Gateway Arts District. To learn more about the Gateway Arts District visit, the FREE online portal for promoting and learning about arts-related activities in the Gateway Arts District.

If you have any questions about Art Lives Here call or e-mail Neena Narayanan, Art Lives Here Coordinator, at Joe’s Movement Emporium, at or 301-699-1819.

For more information about First Fridays at Busboys and Poets contact Michelle Darden Lee at or call 301-979-9633.