Last week, we announced our Black History Month Fundraiser, and several new programs that your donation would help bring to fruition. Today, those free events are opening up for RSVP! With your help, we have made terrific progress towards our Fundraising goal, but we can't stop now. Please consider a donation today. 100% of donations will go directly towards the programs below.
For a donation of $50, JCAL is offering custom merchandise designed by a Queens-based artist. (Be sure to use the button below and leave an address during checkout to receive the bag)
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.
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.