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Coming Up - Building Equity Thru Art: Pulling From the Past to Shape our Future

December 17th - 20th

A four-day multicultural arts festival featuring cultural presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, highlighting immigrant, Indigenous, and Native American artists representing diverse communities of Southeast Queens. 

2nd Thursday Night Jazz

November 12, 7PM

Live-Streamed @JCAL Youtube

Thursday Night Jazz Presents: The Melissa Aldana Trio. Award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression.

Check out videos of other recently streamed performances on our Youtube Channel.

Reading & Discussion Series

September 15 - December 8, 2020

Participants in JCAL’s reading and discussion series will read a series of texts based on “James Baldwin’s America,” a curated collection of early novels, essays and stories from the acclaimed scholar. The discussions will be led by Iyvon Edebiri, a creative producer, company manager, and dramaturg from Brooklyn NY.


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 Channel 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

 A Way of Learning From Everything

2020 ARTWorks Artists-in-Residence 

October 29–December 15, 2020

Brownfield Boating: Oct 31, 2:30 & 4PM

Virtual Artist Talk: November 18, 7PM

On view at JCAL and online
The exhibition will showcase the works that the two ARTWorks Residency Fellows, Cody Ann Herrmann, and Patrice Robinson, have produced over the past year during their residency. The work explores real estate development projects and urban ecology, along with the complexities of the individual psyche in a racialized society. 

Portraits of Latino Immigrants

November 6–December 12, 2020

Artist Talk: Nov 14, 3PM at JCAL 

On view at JCAL and online

Jessica Alazraki's paintings are a celebration of everyday Latinx life in the US. This solo exhibition is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts.


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.

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. 

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.


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.


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


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