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New Live Music Series "Riddim Section" is Tonight


Riddim Section Featuring

Lea Anderson February 24th, 2021 7 PM

Tonight at 7pm, JCAL's new music series Riddim Section will launch with R&B Singer and Flutist Lea Anderson!

Through her own rhythm and blues, Lea Anderson aims to create an intimate connection between herself and the audience, with her fluid soprano sound and signature flute. Use the link above to watch live and be sure to set a reminder for 7pm!

Introducing "JCAL Reading and Discussion:

American Politics and Community Today"

We're excited to announce our Reading and Discussion Series entitled "JCAL Reading and Discussion: American Politics and Community Today" . The literature program will engage in conversation regarding politics and the current state of civic thought, feeling, and participation. This program is made possible by Humanities NY. It will be led by Daniel Carlton, an Actor , Director, Poet, Playwright, Storyteller, Teacher and Facilitator. His work has been presented locally, nationally, and internationally in environments that include theaters, universities, schools, shelters, jails, and non traditional performance spaces. Register below for free to secure your spot in this Reading and Discussion Series!

Register Here

Next on 2nd Thursday Night Jazz:

Amirtha Kidambi - March 11th, 7pm JCAL Youtube

Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the creation and performance of subversive music, from free improvisation and avant-jazz, to experimental bands and new music. María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist.

In this duo, they explore the timbral and expressive combinations of their voices and saxophones through collaborative compositions.


Watch: JCAL Online One Minute Recap

The past two weeks have been loaded with new JCAL events, discussions and performances. Subscribe to our Youtube to stay up to date with our latest events and content!


FANIKE! African Dance Troupe Black History Month 2021 Virtual Journey - Feb 27th - 7:00 PM

FANIKE! African Dance Troupe explores the survival of African and African Diasporic culture and arts through movement and percussion. They encourage the exchange of wisdom and knowledge within our community, especially between elders and their juniors. FANIKE! hails from Southeast Queens; has participated in the Queensboro Dance Festival; and performs annually for

BAM Dance Africa's Salute to the Ancestors

and across the tristate area.


"Process->Project" Artist Talk

March 18th 6pm JCAL Youtube

The Visual Arts Exhibition "Process->Project: What Comes Out of Our Sketchbooks" is on view at JCAL's Miller Gallery until March 20th. Make your

appointment to visit the

gallery at

On March 18th, participate in a live

Q&A with the curators, Rejin Leys

and Damali Abrams.


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.


Announcements & Opportunities

Seeking Creative Students!

If you have an interest in creating content, acting, or storytelling we’d love to meet you! JCAL will be hosting a four part workshop series. Participants will work with entertainment industry professionals from Mass Transit Theater to guide them through the process of finding your voice as a creator and becoming the author of your own future.

Three of the four sessions will take place via Zoom. The fourth session, based on safety protocols, will possible be a socially distanced session at JCAL where participants will do an on-camera interview about the process and have their work be filmed. This is open to all high school students and 8th graders.

If interested please contact our Director of Education, Juan Carlos Salinas at

York College/CUNY COVID-19 Vaccine

The Mass Vaccine Site at York College is accepting appointments as of today. This is a joint Federal & State Site operate by FEMA. While appointments will be taken as of Saturday, February 20, 2021, vaccinations will not begin until Wednesday, February 24, 2021. This site will operate between 8:00 am - 8:00 pm everyday with a capacity to administer up to 3,000 doses daily.

Learn More about eligibility here:

Make appointments here:

Remembering James 'Jimmy' Glover

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning offers its deepest condolences to the family of James 'Jimmy' Glover. He was a beloved member of the JCAL family for twenty years. Jimmy was the facilities manager for the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. The building stands today as a testament to his tireless and selfless dedication to service in his community. May our memory of him be a blessing.

Jimmy, thank you.

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