The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning was established in 1972 and sees some 28,000 members of the community participate in its programs each year. Over the course of its history, JCAL has nurtured a steady stream of cutting edge artists, opened up new educational horizons for several generations of Queens residents and inspired thousands of children to take an active interest in dance, theater, music and other forms of artistic expression. A recognized cornerstone of the community, JCAL is now christening a state-of-the-art performance venue.
The long vacant and forgotten First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica has been transformed into the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. JPAC will be a showcase for local, regional and national artists and performers. A premier mid-size performance complex JPAC is conveniently located at 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue. Housed in a completely renovated 1858 landmark building, the beautiful 400 seat theater is surrounded by stained glass windows giving the space an almost ethereal quality. State of the art lighting and sound systems enhance the experience all the more. JPAC is destined to become one of the premier destination spots in New York City for intimate concerts and other performances.