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Jamaica, NY 11432, USA

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WHAT’S HAPPENING 

Black History Month Celebration
THE MEETING

by Jeff Stetson

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2: 00 PM
Tickets: $5 for all
Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC)
153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY

 

The Meeting by Jeff Stetson is an engaging and intelligent play that depicts a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following the bombing of Malcolm X’s home Malcolm and Martin meet in a room inside the historic Theresa Hotel. This riveting play deals with issues that are still relevant today: war, poverty, racism, and the need for Black self-empowerment. They were two men with different ideologies, but a common understanding of the plight of Black Americans.

Black History Month Celebration
Classical Crossover

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20/General Admission; $15/Seniors & Students wID
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
 

Celebrating African Americans in classical music with a special tribute to the late operatic superstar, Jessye Norman

 

Featuring piano virtuoso the Altino Brothers, with special guests - the soprano twins, Cherisse & Cherissia Williams and violinists, Jessica McJunkins

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THURSDAY NIGHT JAZZ

October 2019 - June 2020, 8:00 PM (one set) $10/General Admission
Jamaica Arts Center. 161-04 Jamaica Avenue
 

The 2019-2020 season series features some of today’s finest international emerging jazz musicians. Opening gig in October is the three-time Grammy Award winner Tivon Pennicott, with season include the best vocalist from Cuba Melvis Santa; the new Avant-garde voice Anna Webber; rising start drummer Jeremy Dutton; amazing improviser and pianist Luis Perdomo; Latvian singer Arta Jekabsone; Jamaican trumpet Giveton Gelin; vibraphonists Chris Dingman; and Thana Alexa, a Croatian jazz singer.

2019-2020
DANCE SEASON

Dance artists are constantly incorporating new disciplines, blurring and discarding old boundaries to build new works inspired by their creative spirit and often driven by contemporary social movements and politics. JCALʼs 2019-2020 dance season celebrates this ever-evolving process while remaining rooted in the technically complex activity of creating dance itself. From taking risks with a new vocabulary to refining an imagined vision, JCAL supports the commitment of every artist to realize a brilliant performance.

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

WINTER SEMESTER

January 11 - February 15, 2020

 

Saturdays at JCAL are days for exploring one’s creative side. JCAL’s School of the Arts offers weekly hour-long classes on everything from ceramics to Hip Hop dance to comic book creation to acting, singing, and so much more. Kids, teens, adults, and seniors all have options to hone their skills and have fun with dance, music, theater, digital arts, and visual arts.   

SATURDAY FAMILY MATINEES

October 2019 - June 2020

Saturday 2:00 PM
$5 for all

 

The Saturday Family Matinee Series provides the family with much-needed quality theatrical and musical experiences. The series aims to introduce young kids to the magic of live performance with shows suitable for the whole family.  

EXHIBITIONS

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OPENING RECEPTION: October 10, 7:00 PM

ARTIST CO-OP 2018

ON VIEW: October 10, 2018  - January 10, 2019

ARTIST CO-OP
2019

November 21, 2019  - January 25, 2020

Once a membership based program, JCAL's Artist Co-Op has been reborn as the center's annual exhibition featuring emerging and mid-career artists from around the borough of Queens and NYC. The goal of the exhibition is to reflect the diversity, talent, and quality of work in the Visual Arts of Queens.

THE TRANSIT SERIES

February 1-29, 2020 

Artist Reception: Feb 14, 6-9PM

The Transit Series is an exhibition of paintings by John Smith exploring the artist's daily experiences of subway and bus subculture: "It’s a microcosm of society: expressions of hardships, family unity, loneliness, education, entertainment, violence, and criminal activity, and marketing. Even when we don’t want to, we are forced to interact with one another." 

2020 SOUTHEAST QUEENS BIENNIAL

February 14 - April 17, 2020 

The second Southeast Queens Biennial will be a nine-week group exhibition at the York College Fine Arts Gallery and the Miller Gallery at the Jamaica Arts Center. Ten Queens-based artists address literacy, identity, and environment with work that investigates how their creative practice contributes to the life of the borough.

EMMETT WIGGLESWORTH

Resident of Jamaica Queens for more than 20 years, Emmett Wigglesworth is a muralist, painter, sculptor, fabric designer and poet who has been creating for over six decades.

WHERE-IN:

ARTWorks Two Fellow Artist Show 

Oct 10 - Nov 9, 2019 

Artist Reception:

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019, 6 - 9 PM

Where-in: 2019 ARTWorks, Inc Two Fellow Artist Show presents the work of Ifeatuanya (Ify) Chiejina and Julian Louis Phillips. The exhibition culminates their creative endeavors and celebrates the work that they have created during their artist-in-residence at JCAL.

ARTWORKS
Group Show 2019

September 12 - October 5, 2019

Opening Reception:

Thursday, Sept 12, 2019, 6 - 9:00 PM


The inaugural exhibition culminating the first year of the ARTWorks, Inc., a professional development program of an artist residency & training seminar series.

VOLUMES:
Milford Graves

July 12 - August 24, 2019

This exhibit documented Graves'
research into the rhythms of the human heart that so inform his music. The exhibition is organized by the Queens Museum, curated by Sophia Maria Lucas. The installation was originally produced in conjunction with the Queens International 2018, is part of the Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival at the Jamaica Arts Center.

CONTACT US

161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432, USA

(718) 658-7400

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