Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

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Founded 1972
Jamaica, United States


Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is a multidisciplinary arts center based in the diverse community of Southeast Queens. Its mission is to offer quality visual, performing, and literary arts, and to provide accessible education programs to encourage participation in the arts. Our programs for children, teens, and adults include a multicultural series of music, theater, and dance performances; film screenings and lectures; contemporary visual arts exhibitions; in-school artist residencies; a series of nearly 50 different arts workshops; and free or low-cost after-school and summer programs. More than 52,000 people of all ages and backgrounds participate in our wide array of education, performing arts, and visual arts programs annually.

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JCAL remains the only member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group, and the only multidisciplinary urban arts center, to serve the 620,000 residents of Southeast Queens (as well as the rest of the metropolitan area). JCAL serves a diverse community, consisting of African-American, Caribbean-American, Indo-Asian, African, Latino, and Caucasian artists and families, many of whom are low-income. These residents have limited access to the arts; JCAL plays a vital role in facilitating access through free and low-cost, high-quality educational and performance programming.

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