Open 350 days a year for classes, rehearsals, performances, and arts education programs, Joe's is a hub of cultural and community activity. The largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, it is a safe, after-school haven for youth, offering arts activities that nurture self-confidence and self-esteem. Performing Arts Summer Camp (7:30 am to 6 pm) for children ages 4-13 focuses on in-depth study of cultures and their art forms. For teens, CreativeWorks teaches the basics of working backstage and offers academic and employment skills training, and a year of follow-up support. Joe’s also matches school teachers with local artists who infuse arts into the curriculum. And year-round, anyone can swing by Joe’s for classes in yoga, hip hop, Pilates, aerial dance, hand dance and belly dance – or a performance in the intimate 150-seat theater. At Joe's, artists and residents build community – for the greater good.

Awards & Recognition

• Selection for a third time for inclusion in The Catalogue for Philanthropy! 2013-14

• ARTPlace award of $240,000 for the Art Lives Here project supporting economic and artistic development in the Gateway Arts District, May 2013

• Alan M. Kriegsman Award for Service to the Dance Community. Presented by the Dance/Metro DC at the 9th Annual Metro DC Dance Awards, Kennedy Center, September 2009

• Featured program for innovative movement classes on CNN’s Health Access, December 2008

• Finalist for Arts Education by the Dance Metro DC Awards, September 2006

• What’s Hot in Prince George’s County. The Washington Post, Jan. 2005

• Excellence in Special Events for Community Revitalization Award by the Maryland Downtown Development Association, 2000

• Arts Organization of the Year, Prince George’s Arts Council, 1999


    Budget (FY2016)

    • $3 million or higher
    • The current budget for Joe's Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus is: $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

    Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

    About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

    Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

    The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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