Giving Tuesday: Five Reasons to Consider a Donation to JCAL

  • November 29, 2022

It’s Giving Tuesday, and here at JCAL we’re celebrating 50 years of Arts and Culture! By donating to JCAL, you are making a direct contribution to the Arts in Southeast Queens. Below are a few ways that your donation would help us make an impact in our community.

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Get in Riddim

JCAL has established a proud tradition of presenting emerging performers from the community. These programs celebrate Queens’ rich cultural diversity and attract audiences from all over NYC. Take our music series Riddim Section for example. ​​The free monthly music series draws life directly from the cultures across Queens, with bands covering such genres as Afrobeat, Calypso, Chutney, Kompa, reggae, R&B and more.

Your donation helps us keep programs like this alive at JCAL. Check out a video from Riddim Section below, featuring Steven Kroon:  


Making Moves 

If you’re a fan of Dance, Making Moves Dance Festival is for you. For over a decade, Making Moves Dance Festival has served as a platform to promote new, emerging, and underrepresented dance companies. This past september, our lineup included Ballet, Indian Classical, Contemporary, and more

Here’s a recap of the event below:


Visual Art

Each year, JCAL mounts multiple exhibitions that explore issues in contemporary art and culture. JCAL additionally serves local visual artists by providing free/low cost work and exhibit spaces. Over the years, JCAL has presented exhibitions of leading contemporary artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Adolph Gottlieb, Bob Thompson, David Chung, and Emmett Wigglesworth.

Listen to Wigglesworth speak on Art and impact in JCAL’s Black Box theater back in 2019:


Arts Education

JCAL provides accessible education programs, workshops and classes to encourage participation in the arts. Whether you’re into ceramics, fashion, painting, acting or animation, there is a class for you with one of our professional teaching artists.

Along with our Arts classes, JCAL is home to education event series like JCAL Talks and JCAL Reads. Check out a video from our Arts Classes below!


Community Based Projects + More!

This past summer, JCAL played a part in Queens Reflections, a block-long beautification project by Artist Eric Black, located at the Daniel M. O'Connell Playground. Queens Reflections fulfilled the vision of I. Daneek Miller, former New York City Council Member for District 27. 

The mural depicts LL Cool J, Q-Tip, Jackie Robinson, Count Basie, Sweet Tee, Lani Guinier, Camille A. Brown, Gregg Vance (aka Coach Chuck), W.E.B Dubois and Naomi Osaka.

By supporting JCAL, you’re helping to enrich the community of Southeast Queens!

Check out Episode 1 of Community Reflections, shot and edited by Chris Richardson, Kathenas Entertainment.


Get involved with JCAL! 

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