Graffiti Workshop, Job Opportunity + More!

  • August 1, 2022

Back 2 School Graffiti Workshop

August 20th, 12pm - 4pm

153-10 Jamaica Avenue

RSVP for this free graffiti workshop coming to JPAC!

The Back 2 School Graffiti Workshop will teach attendees about the history of graffiti along with some of the basics of "writing"/"Tagging"/painting. Participants will be allowed to take home their own individual artwork.

Curated by community-based Artist Tracey Irvin, with Shauna Figueroa and Robert Ford.

Job Opportunity at JCAL!

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is hiring a skilled maintenance hourly worker for the grounds of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (153-10 Jamaica Avenue) and other regular and seasonal project and tasks in both buildings. For more information, contact JCAL Director of Facilities Edward Wysocki at, or call 718-658-7400 x111.

Flamenco Latino 2022 Más Allá Series

August 4th and August 5th, 7:30pm

Jamaica Performing Arts Center

Directors Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges will present two different programs. On Thursday, August 4 at 7:30 PM, the theme is “Choreographies and Collaboration,” featuring Aurora’s group choreographies, and the debut of “Quejillo/Shout,” a Flamenco/Hip Hop fusion piece, created in collaboration with Paige Stewart “Queen TuT” and The Kingdom Dance Company.

On Friday, August 5 at 7:30 PM, the theme is “Flamenco and Tap Improvisation,” featuring Aurora with the dynamic tap dancer and “foot musician,” Omar Edwards. They are accompanied by Basilio Georges’ original music which infuses Flamenco with elements of Jazz, Blues and Salsa.

Dance Party NYC

Free Dance Workshops and Performances

August 6th, 12pm - 5pm

153-10 Jamaica Avenue

Join us at JPAC on August 6th, 12pm for free Dance workshops and performances! Dance Party NYC is taking place as a part of the Festival of New York, a citywide collaborative movement featuring more than 300 diverse organizations across all sectors running from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2022.

Featuring Afrobeats, House music and more!

Making Moves Dance Festival 2022

September 23rd & 24th, 7pm

Jamaica Performing Arts Center

153-10 Jamaica Avenue

JCAL is pleased to announce Making Moves Dance Festival 2022! The theme this year is Carpe Diem (Seize the Day). For 13 years, Making Moves Dance Festival has served as a platform to promote new, emerging and underrepresented dance companies. The free, two-day event is set to take place on the outdoor stage of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (153-10 Jamaica Avenue) on Fri., Sept. 23 and Sat., Sept. 24, starting at 7pm on both days.

Making Moves Dance Festival is a testament to the rich diversity of Queens and New York City as it presents both traditional and contemporary influenced dance styles. Stay tuned for our announcement of the selected dancers and RSVP below!

We Finna Write

August 19th, 2022 at 7pm

161-04 Jamaica Avenue

JCAL is proud to present ‘We Finna Write’ a Creative Writing Workshop featuring an Open Mic! at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning on August 19th, 2022—for the first time ever! ‘We Finna Write’ will center Queer BIPOC folks that want to explore creative writing techniques.

Comedian, Actor and Writer Michelladonna will lead the event by sharing writing prompts, providing insight about different approaches to writing and supporting community members as they create their own works throughout the workshop.

Throughout the event, community members will have the opportunity to have their headshot taken by a photographer.

For our second part of the night, Michelladonna will be hosting an Open Mic open to all guests. Community Members are welcome to share any art form they would like! Throughout this part of the event, community members will have the opportunity to have their reels filmed by a videographer as they perform.

Video of the week: Upcoming Events at JCAL

Come out to JCAL in August! Check out some of the upcoming events happening at our locations this month.

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The National Leaders of Color Fellowship

Coming Soon! The Leaders of Color Fellowship (LoCF) application opens on August 1. The LoCF is a strategic leadership development program for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders in our region who are committed to the advancement of cultural equity in the arts.

Learn more here.

Photos of the Week - Last Week at JCAL/JPAC

Our locations were home to several events last week including the Queensborough Dance Festival, Bangla Book Fair, Dhaka Drama Exhibit and more. JCAL was also present at the 10th annual Jamaican Jerk Festival last weekend! Check out some candid JCAL moments below.

Thank you to our sponsors!

JCAL thanks the businesses below for sponsoring our 50th Anniversary year! Tap the logos to learn more about each business and support!