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RSVPs now Open for Black History Month Programs!

Updated: Feb 4

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.

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Black History Events now open for RSVP

Fanike African Dance Troupe

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.


Riddim Section

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.


2nd Thursday Night Jazz

2nd Thursday Night Jazz is a landmark monthly program curated by Rio Sakairi, Artistic Director of The Jazz Gallery. The 2020-21 season features a diverse lineup of the most exciting names in contemporary jazz. For JCAL’s “community first, digital first” season, we are bringing together jazz artists from up-and-coming and mid-career musicians to Grammy-winning performers.


Meet the Playwright

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.


JCAL Talks

We want to hear from and speak with the endlessly diverse spectrum of thought leaders who live in, represent and originate from our Queens community. In this new speaker series over Zoom, we’ll introduce you to top-level figures in local and regional arts and entertainment, education, politics, religion, and more for in-depth dialogues conducted by equally well-known figures.


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