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Here's everything you need to know about JCAL this week!

The first performer for JCAL's new series "Riddim Section" has been announced!

Lea Anderson - February 24th, 7pm JCAL Youtube

JCAL's new monthly series "Riddim Section" draws life directly from the cultures found across Queens. The first performer will be R&B soul singer Lea Anderson.

Through her own rhythm and blues, Lea Anderson aims to create an intimate connection between herself and anyone who has come in contact with her fluid soprano sound.


As workspaces have shifted from offices to Zoom calls and online meetings, home decor has become an increased point of focus in our professional lives. With this in mind, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will host “JCAL Art & Design,” a one-hour online interior design workshop on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7pm.

In addition to providing consultation on designing your makeshift office, this workshop will provide exclusive access to the original art that helps do so. An online art fair, composed of work by 16 Queens artists will launch, with private access to members of the workshop for 24 hours.

JCAL Art & Design will be led by the team at BellaFynn Design Studio. The interior designers specialize in Home staging and Virtual Consultation with a mission to create functional, approachable and exciting design that is a reflection of who you are now and who you want to be.

The workshop will be interactive, with the designers offering advice that is specific to your space and taste via Q&A.

In an effort to bridge the gap between artists and those looking to design their space, each attendee will receive a link at the end of the session, with original art created by the community’s talent.

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2nd Thursday Night Jazz is back this week!

Nir Felder Trio - January 14th, 7pm JCAL Youtube

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.


Fanike African Dance Troupe - February 27th, 7pm - JCAL Youtube

Fanike African Dance Troupe embraces and respects the dance, rhythm, historic and growing culture tied to African movement. Their mission is to perpetuate the survival of African/African Diaspora culture and arts through dance and percussion presentation. Directed by Patricia Ghizamboule Robinson, JCAL will stream Fanike’s signature libation, drumming and dance performance honoring the ancestors of the African Diaspora.


Process → Project: What Comes Out of Our Sketchbooks - February 4th - March 20th 2021

JCAL is excited to partner with the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance to present Process → Project: What Comes Out of Our Sketchbooks, curated by Rejin Leys and Damali Abrams.

This exhibition will present sketches, both loose and bound, by working artists with diverse practices: writing, painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture, and paper-making. The shared act of sketching unites them.

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


Meet the Playwright - February 22nd, 7pm - JCAL Youtube

Meet the Playwright explores new work by emerging and established writers for the stage. In a live webinar format, a professional director will rehearse a scene with professional actors, and the author will participate in both a pre-show discussion and moderated post-show Q&A with the audience. This program kicks off during Black History Month and runs monthly through June 2021.


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