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Jazz Season Finale Tomorrow! (Free Live Music)

Dear Friends of JCAL:

We’re so happy to share two pieces of good news with you. First, JCAL has just received $10,000 from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation in support of our upcoming Jamaica Flux 2021: Workspaces and Windows triennial. The Rubin Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life.

And the newly-formed Emergency Network for Southeast Queens Arts and Culture -- of which JCAL is a leading member -- received a $40,000 contract by the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for their Strengthening Communities initiative. The project aims to help communities prepare, respond and recover from emergencies by providing training, resources and funding to develop local emergency plans and recovery strategies. A connected community better understands its physical and social environment, has established communication networks, and knows how best to use existing resources.

Would you like to know more about these programs—and others that we’re working on? We’re always an email or a phone call away.

With appreciation,

Leonard Jacobs, Interim Executive Director

Courtney Ffrench, Interim Artistic Director


2nd Thursday Night Jazz Finale:

Immanuel Wilkins Trio

April 8th, 2021 7pm

Tomorrow, tune in to the culminating event of our 2nd Thursday Night Jazz series.The New York Times names his album "Omega" the #1 Jazz Album in 2020, and the Jazz Times voted him the Best New Jazz Artist. On April 8th, you can watch Immanuel Wilkins live in the finale of 2nd Thursday Night Jazz for FREE. By studying the humanity and the cultural specificity of jazz, Wilkins aspires to bring people together through his art. His debut recording, Omega was released by Blue Note Records in 2020 and has received uniformly rave reviews.


Upcoming Artist Talk:


South Asian Womxn's Creative Collective

April 10th, 2pm

On Saturday, April 10th, Curator, Grace Aneiza Ali, will moderate a panel conversation with the artist pairs participating in the exhibition, "Encounters."

Encounters is the product of 14 women, all of the South Asian Diaspora, working in collaboration as "artist pairs" across geographical, cultural, political and religious boundaries to maintain a space for connection and creativity.

RSVP to the Artist Talk Here!

Book a free appointment to view Encounters in person Here!

Open Call:

Making Moves Dance Festival 2021 ~ To Life!

Deadline: April 17th, 2021

JCAL invites NYC-based dance companies and choreographers to apply via open call for the 12th Annual Making Moves Dance Festival 2021 ~ TO LIFE! (MMDF2021). Submission deadline is April 17th, 2021; early submission is encouraged. MMDF2021 offers paid performance opportunities for 9 choreographers on the outdoor stage of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Friday, Sept.17th, 2021 and Saturday, Sept.18th, 2021. Choreographers working in all dance genres are encouraged to apply.

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Riddim Section Presents: Tony Adè

April 21st, 2021 7pm

RSVP for free below to watch Afrobeats artist Tony Adè! Tony Adè self-taught his skills on the west African talking drum which gave birth to him being the first artist to introduce the talking drum into mainstream pop music during his performance with Janet Jackson live on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon for Janet’s single “Made For Now” featuring Daddy Yankee in 2018. Tony Adè was also the first music director in the United States to orchestrate an official live band entity to perform with some of the top Afrobeats artists and facilitate the live band for one of the biggest global Afrobeats concert series, One Africa Music Fest.

RSVP for Riddim Section

10 Minute Film Festival

April 16th - April 17th 7:30pm

JCAL Youtube

The line up of films is set and RSVPs are open for JCAL's 10 Minute Film Festival. On April 16th and April 17th, JCAL will screen the short films of 10 NYC based filmmakers. Tune in to watch community based films and vote on which filmmaker should win the cash prize!


Meet the Playwright

April 26th 7pm

JCAL Youtube

Our new Theatre series continues this month! Meet the Playwright explores new work by emerging and established writers for the stage. This month's Meet the Playwright will feature exciting plays by Suzanne Robinson and Stephanie Ogeleza. 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.


Call for Interviews for Sari Nordman’s “Tower,”

a Jamaica Flux 2021 project.

Come to JCAL and share your personal experience with climate change!

Artist Sari Nordman is collecting stories for her “Tower” video project for Jamaica Flux: Workspaces and Windows 2021. Please reserve 20 minutes for the discussion and filming. Share your experience in your native language; people speaking languages other than English are needed, though English speakers are also welcomed. “Tower” consists of a 4-meter tall tower and is constructed of steal cubes that frame plastic waste. The design is made in collaboration with architect Robert Mencarini (images at The presentation of environmental contemplation and anxieties will be viewed through architecture, video and archival materials. Nordman hopes that through this work the viewers can hear a unified voice speaking of the concern for environmental changes and calling for action. She looks forward to hearing and filming your experience!

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Watch: JCAL Jazz Season Recap

With our Jazz season coming to a close this week, we're taking a look back at all the moments that made it special. Check out this week's video and be sure to subscribe to our channel for more content!

Now Open for Sign Ups: College Access Workshops

Calling all high school students: Our College Access Workshop is now available for sign ups. This workshop will give assistance with college applications, provide a better understanding of the financial aid system, introduce students to distinguished alumni and more. For more information, email our Director of Education Juan Carlos Salinas at

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