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Making Moves Dance Festival 2020

Switchin' It Up

September 25 -September 26th


JCAL’s Making Moves Dance Festival 2020 will feature 11 New York City-based professional choreographers, from new and early-career artists to emerging and underrepresented talents.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JCAL will present the 11th annual festival as a virtual experience. Each dance company will deliver its performance, on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, on JCAL’s digital platforms. 

Southeast Queens Jam Fest

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM

153-10 Jamaica Avenue

Free, Socially Distanced Concert: 

Southeast Queens Jam Fest will feature a lineup of seven of the brightest musicians in the community, in mediums ranging from Hip Hop to Jazz, R&B and Afro Diasporic Percussion. Along with the music, the event will feature a Census station to inspire residents of Southeast Queens to fill out the 2020 Census.

Live Streamed Performances

Check out videos of recently streamed performances from our Friday Nights @JAC and 2nd Thursday Night Jazz series.

Enjoy musical performances by Bria Monet, Thana Alexa, Chris Dingman, and other talented artists on our Youtube page.


To help you and your families stay active and creative, we are offering #jcalPOPUPclasses online. These programs are geared towards school-aged audiences but are made with all age groups in mind. The classes cover music, dance, art, drama, and wellness.

Visit our Youtube page to view our whole collection of classes!

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Building Equity Project

Building Equity Project Programs

Building Equity for Immigrant, Indigenous and Native American Artists is a pilot program from JCAL. Supported by a grant from New York Community Trust, it is dedicated to researching, engaging and promoting underrepresented artists in our community, and to providing greater access for audiences to see and to experience their work. 


Recent programs include 500 Years & Counting: The East Coast Blind Spot; Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean: A Focus on the TaínoPuerto Rico Update with Prolibertad; and Film & Music: Sounds of SiberiaAll the recordings of these live-streamed events are available on our Youtube channel.

Connect & Explore

Art as Self-Reflection:

2020 ARTWorks Group Show

On View at the Jamaica Arts Center and Online

September 17 - October 21, 2020

Virtual Artist Talk: October 7, 6PM

ARTWorks is JCAL's professional development fellowship for emerging artists. Art as Self-Reflection is the culminating exhibition for the Seminar Fellows and will be on view by appointment and online. Participating artists are: Julia Forrest, Monnero Guervil, Angela Miskis, Dario Mohr, MO$H MALi, Nancy Paredes, Megan Roper, and Marie E. Saint-Cyr.

Jessica Alazraki: Portraits of Latino Immigrants

November 6–December 12, 2020

On View at JCAL and Online

See Jessica Alazraki's solo show at JCAL's Community Gallery, made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts. Alazraki's paintings are a celebration of everyday Latinx life in the US.


Connection and creativity are vital for building strong communities. American Stories is JCAL's  online platform for snapshots of life and creativity from across the U.S. as well as right here in NYC and Queens. Participate through Instagram or submit through our website.

Artist Registry

Check out our ongoing, open gallery for artists! The JCAL Artist Registry is online catalog of images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City.

Jamaica Flux 2021

JCAL is pleased to launch the fifth iteration of its triennial Jamaica Flux: Workspaces and Windows, and to announce the names of the 15 NYC-based artists and artist groups that have been selected for the year-long endeavor. 


Get the latest insights and updates on JCAL's programs! Browse through interviews with featured artists and teachers and learn more about our upcoming events.

Community and Culture

JCAL recently partnered with Queens College Art Education Department to exhibit student artwork that explored  how neighborhood sites can amplify art, community building, and self reflection. Though the exhibition has ended, you can still catch the Artist Talk on our Youtube channel.

JCAL Alumni Page

With over 48 years and counting of Arts programming and Education, JCAL has had the privilege of working with thousands of artists, educators and students. This page highlights a few of the individuals that have shared the stage, gallery or classroom with JCAL over the years.


New York State Covid-19 Travel Advisory requires visitors from certain states to quarantine for 14 days. If you are traveling to NYC from any of these states, visitors are required to complete the online Travel Health Form.

Find or Give Support

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Check out our list of COVID-19 Grants and Resources for Artists

Read the latest guidance from the New York City government

Visit your City Councilmember's website for local resources

(Southeast Queens, District 27)

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