Joe’s Movement Emporium Presents Billy Simms Craftowne: A Visual Novel

By East City Art Editorial Team on November 5, 2018

Courtesy of Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Meet the Artist: Friday, November 9 at 7pm

Artist Billy Simms returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with Craftowne: A Visual Novel, his newest gallery exhibit. A free opening reception with opportunity to meet the artist and play the Craftowne card came is scheduled for November 9th at 7 pm. Light refreshments and Craftowne merchandise will be available for sale at the reception. The show will be installed at November 5th at Joe’s Movement Emporium located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. The artwork is family-family and appropriate for all ages. RSVP to opening online at or

Billy Simms is an artist, educator, and former Board Member at Joe’s. He has a BA degree theatre from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, an Ms in special Education from The Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA in studio art from Miami University. He lives in Hamilton, OH with his wife and four cats.

Established in 1995, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually. Joe’s has five arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means. Through programs and productions in education, performing arts, and work readiness, Joe’s integrates progressive education, creativity, and youth development.

In 2016, Joe’s achieved the Standards of Excellence through the Maryland Association of Nonprofits, which validates and promotes our exemplary work in youth arts education programming. Additionally, Joe’s earned the highest possible rating through Maryland EXCELS (level 1) based upon nationally recognized quality standards and best practices. This rating allows Joe’s to receive state funds to expand our reach in providing high quality arts education to youth in our community.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD.