The Gateway Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District in Prince George's County is a focal point for art activities of all types, as well as for socializing, entertaining, dining, shopping, and living. It offers the richness and diversity of the metropolitan region, but retains at its core the heart of the four small towns: Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Hyattsville.
34th Street | Mount Rainier
As a dynamic center of innovation in the arts for Prince Georges County and beyond, the Gateway Arts District defies both definition and expectation. More than a collection of neighborhoods, it’s a vibrant environment – a place to inspire and be inspired, to experience the creative process, and to appreciate pioneering, experienced artists of every medium. The Gateway is an exciting focal point for artistic endeavors – and those with an appreciation for them.
The Shops at Crittenden Crossing | "Welcome" Mural (decommissioned 2014)by Shauntrice Martin | Credit: Hyattsville CDC
The Corridor's Growth
A rejuvenated corridor includes a mix of new buildings and renovated structures knitted together with shared architectural features, attractive landscaping, public arts and street trees, creating a shady boulevard and accommodating sidewalks that include facilities and rest stops for pedestrians. Other public facilities have also been enhanced. New housing and increased densities along the corridor create activity and expand the market base for local neighborhood-serving retail.
Community identity and the cultural heritage of local communities comprising the arts district have been strengthened and livable public spaces have been created.
The rich artistic diversity of the area results in a variety of restaurants, coffee houses, local and regional theatres, galleries and entertainment, as well as arts-related businesses such as arts and crafts stores, designers, and art supply stores that support and extend the influence and economic vitality of the artists' community. The attractiveness of the area invites a vibrant, active, and safe street life.