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Introducing a New Free JCAL Program: JCAL TALKS!

Introducing a new program: JCAL TALKS

JCAL is thrilled to introduce it’s new speaker series JCAL Talks. The free monthly series will air on February 16th at 7pm on JCAL’s Youtube and Facebook. JCAL Talks will arrive during Black History Month as one of several new programs that are set to premiere in the month of February. The program was conceived with intention to hear from and speak with the endlessly diverse spectrum of thought leaders who live in, represent and originate from the Queens community.

The first guest on JCAL Talks will be none other than South East Queens Champion Melva M. Miller. Ms. Miller has dedicated her life to community development through equitable economic growth, creative organizing and inclusive stakeholder participation. She is the Association for a Better New York’s first Chief Executive Officer, works with the Board of Directors to ensure the overall success of the organization through economic development, long-term planning, stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships, and the expansion and evolution of ABNY's membership.


Meet the Designers leading our upcoming program:

JCAL Art & Design

JCAL Art & Design is a one-hour online interior design workshop and art fair on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7pm. In addition to the designers providing consulting services on designing a home office, JCAL Art & Design will provide exclusive access to an online affordable art fair, featuring more than two-dozen works for sale by 16 Queens-based artists. Leading this program will be Visionary interior designers Tina Fynn and Dee Bell of the acclaimed BellaFynn Design Studio. Fynn and Bell specialize in Home Staging and Virtual Consulting, with a mission to create functional, approachable, exciting designs to reflect who we are now and who we want to be. JCAL Art & Design will also be interactive as the BellaFynn team offers specific advice to attendees during a live, curated Q&A.

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Riddim Section Presents:

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.


10 Minute Film Festival April 16th - April 17th 7:30 pm JCAL Youtube

The dates are set and RSVPs are officially open for JCAL's 10 Minute Film Festival. A three-member jury will select films that will be streamed on JCAL's YouTube channel, awarding prizes totaling in over $1000. RSVP for the free event below, or submit your film here.


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.


Next up on Thursday Night Jazz: Samora Pinderhughes

February 11th, 7pm

JCAL Youtube

Samora Pinderhughes became serious about making music his life after living in Cuba studying spiritual musical traditions. He moved to NYC to study at Juilliard under master teachers Kenny Barron and Kendall Briggs; It was during this time that he also met his artistic mentor, MacArthur-winning playwright Anna Deavere Smith. This started him down the path of writing lyrics and combining film/theatre with his music in radical new ways.



Over the last two months, JCAL's leadership has been featured prominently on PBS. Watch Interim Executive Director Leonard Jacobs on Metrofocus here and Interim Artistic Director Courtney Ffrench on American Portrait here.

Jacobs and Ffrench discussed JCAL's work on the “American Portrait” project, and on JCAL as a whole, especially in light of the pandemic.

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