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Here's 5 JCAL updates for the week!

December 17th - December 20th - Building Equity Thru Art:

Pulling from the Past to Shape our Future

This week! RSVP for free to “Building Equity Thru Art: Pulling From the Past to Shape Our Future”, a four-day online festival of cultural presentations, panel discussions and workshops designed to highlight immigrant, Indigenous and Native American artists and voices, and representing the diverse communities of Southeast Queens.


Black History Events Now Available for RSVP

Several JCAL Black History Month programs including Fanike African Dance Troupe, Riddim Section and Meet the Playwright are now available for RSVP! Head to the link below to claim your spot for these free, impactful events.

Donations are encouraged! Each dollar goes directly towards the programs.


Next up on 2nd Thursday Night Jazz:

Nir Felder Trio - January 14th, 2021, 7:00pm

Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, hailed by the New York Times as a “whiz kid”, and dubbed “incredible” by the Montreal Gazette, Nir Felder is a new voice in jazz guitar. Felder's latest project for release in 2020 is a set of two trio recordings featuring bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jimmy Macbride. Using the studio as an instrument and the latest in sound design technology the result is a layered music that blends jazz improvisation with other genres in new ways and stretches the boundaries of what a jazz record is and can be.


Submissions are open for 10 Minute Film Festival

All NYC-based filmmakers (priority to Queens-based artists of color) can submit a film of up to 10 minutes in length on the following theme: "2020." (Yep, you read that right.) A three-member jury will select the films that will be streamed on JCAL's YouTube channel, awarding a first place ($500) and second place prize ($300); we’ll have an audience pick ($300) as well. Submissions are now open! Email JCAL Program Associate David Smith ( with inquiries, and watch for details.


JPAC is now available to rent!

Jamaica Performing Arts Center is now available for rent – as a soundstage, in accordance with all COVID-19 safety regulations.

We have transformed our historic, state-of-the-art 400-seat proscenium theater into a 2,000-square-foot soundstage ideal for media production of plays, films, conferences, talks, speeches, and other socially distanced events.

JPAC can also provide professional camera and in-house tech crews, audio and video mixing equipment, basic lighting, lounge access, makeup stations and more. All guests must comply with COVID-19 regulations for media production.


Read: "JCAL in 2020: A Story in Images"

During these unprecedented times, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning has remained devoted to its mission of delivering quality arts, and accessible education programs. Check out this week's blog post, featuring over 100 images that took place over the course of 2020.

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Help us reach our goal

As donations come in, the fundraising thermometer goes up! Join us on the journey to our goal, and help contribute to these impactful programs being showcased right here in Queens.

Donate to JCAL's Black History Month Programs

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