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JCAL Matinee & Visual Arts Workshop Open for RSVP!

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JCAL School Assembly/Family Matinee

February 8th, 2020

For years, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s School Assembly and Family Matinee programs have provided children and families with much needed theatrical and musical experiences. This year, JCAL will continue in that tradition, shifting the program from it’s landmark location to it’s growing online platform. The School Assembly/Family Matinee will consist of four free programs, one each month from February to May. The programs will include two purchased works and two new commissioned pieces.

The first performance will feature the lively multicultural band Boogie Chillun’. This program will be made available online from February 8th to February 14th via a virtual link that will be received upon RSVP. Boogie Chillun’ will take students and faculty on a musical journey through the rich music history of the United States. The band will have audiences sing, dance and clap along to this interactive program. The band will perform Hymns and Spirituals, songs of freedom, Country, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Soul all the way to Hip-Hop

RSVP to JCAL School Assembly/Family Matinee

Watch: JCAL Online Official Intro

It's almost that time! JCAL is rolling out several new, free programs in Music, Dance, Film, Visual Art and more for Black History Month. You donated, shared and amplified our fundraiser, now check out the events you helped bring to life. Watch our official intro to JCAL Online and be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel for our upcoming events!


New Visual Arts Workshop Coming to JCAL!

Make Your Own Sketchbook

February 6th, 4:00pm Youtube

Whether or not you’re a practicing artist, keeping a sketchbook can be a good way to encourage your creative thinking. During this one hour virtual workshop, learn how to make your own sketchbook, and try a few exercises to spark ideas and develop drawing and observational skills. Activity kits (helpful but not required) will be available at JCAL starting Feb. 4 as part of the exhibition, Process->Project: What Comes Out of Our Sketchbooks.

Instructor Rejin Leys is an artist, curator, and freelance art educator. She is a founding member of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance and co-curated Process->Project.. Learn more about Rejin at


JCAL Art & Design is this week!

(Last chance to buy tickets!)

JCAL Art & Design is a one-hour online interior design workshop on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7pm. The cost is $20.

The workshop will present visionary designer Tina Fynn of the BellaFynn Design Studio. Fynn and her team 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 be interactive, with the BellaFynn team offering advice specific to your space and taste during a live Q&A.

JCAL Art & Design will also provide exclusive, 24-hour access to an expansive online art fair of work by 16 Queens-based artists to help level-up your décor.

Buy Tickets Here


2nd Thursday Night Jazz: Samora Pinderhughes

February 11th, 7pm

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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


JCAL Talks

February 16th, 7pm

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JCAL Talks 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 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.


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

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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

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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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