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New Year, New Programs: JCAL 2021 Updates

Cover image by Josef Pinlac at Queens Dance Festival

It's official, our Holiday Fundraising goal of $10,000 has been met! We'd like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who donated, shared and amplified the Fundraiser throughout the month of December.

The countdown to our Black History Month Events is now underway. RSVP for free below to check out the programs that you helped fund!

RSVP JCAL's Black History Programs

JCAL Education at Home - Now available on Youtube!

In a continued effort to provide educational opportunities that are accessible and free during the pandemic, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning has launched JCAL Education At Home, a pilot project of definitive titles in music, dance, visual art and more.

Each title is designed to keep young people, including students, creative and active during these unprecedented times. Consisting of eight episodes, each title is suitable for any learning mode -- in-class, blended or remote -- and available exclusively on JCAL's growing Youtube platform.

Watch JCAL Education at Home Here

Watch: One Minute of JCAL Online


2nd Thursday Night Jazz - Nir Felder 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 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.

Riddim Section - February 24th, 7pm - JCAL Youtube

A new monthly music series that draws life directly from the cultures found across Queens. After all, where there is culture, there is music—and where there is music, there is life. The socially distanced artists in Riddim Section, live-streamed from JCAL, cover genres including afrobeat, calypso, chutney, kompa, reggae, R&B and more. The program includes six performances, February to June, 2021.


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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